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50 States in Two Decades
Bucket lists are fascinating and often involve journeys to places by means of some mode of transport or another. Ali Michaud was so keen on sailing that he simply had to add an epic sailing adventure to his bucket list. Some people have similar ideas, but more along the lines of road tripping along with a Dave Mathews Band tour or crossing a country in a camper van.
Sail ALL 50 States
In 2001, after the grand idea of sailing all the states in the US came to mind, Michaud set off to start adding states he had yet to sail to his list. His goal was to complete all 50 states in under 20 years. The challenge to himself was concluded by Michaud in 2018 when he sailed the final two states; Connecticut & Rhode Island. Although this was only 17 years after he decided to put it on his bucket list, in reality, Michaud took a whopping 48 years to complete his challenge to himself – he sailed his first state, Ohio, in 1970. Ali Michaud’s bucket list is mighty because of this determination and also the challenges along the way.
Memories Made on and Off the Land
Alaska in 2013 is noted as one of Ali’s most memorable trips. Ali and his family went on a cruise ship from Vancouver, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska. During the cruise, he coincidentally met an online sailing member from Michigan. Together they went out on the “Big Lake” in his 22’ Ensign. On the day it was rainy and it was likely that the sailing trip would be cancelled. The sail went ahead and so did some campfire chatter in the rain afterwards.
The Final Stretch
Michaud’s wife, Barb, played an essential role of support as Michaud tried to do most of his sailing during work trips and family vacations. But by only sailing 1 or 2 states per year, it was obvious he would not get to all the states in time. So, in 2015, when Michaud was 60 years old and only had 17 states to go, he bought the Catalina Capri 14.2 to complete his quest.
A bucket list item that takes 20 years plus to achieve is certainly something for the books.