Anybody thinking about changing course for the new year? Sometimes it's the right thing to do; staying on the old course would run you aground. Unfortunately you can only be sure of that in retrospect. There's no chart for what's ahead and the obstacles and paths are obscure. Before there were accurate charts mariners relied on signs. Some chose reliable, objective signs like water color, cloud formations and presence of land birds. Sometimes old sailors pointed in the right direction because they'd been someplace similar before. Others chose to study seagull entrails for clues. Sometimes you run aground anyway and get to back off and try another course. James Cook ran aground a lot in his explorations.
I'm not sure what these mullings mean. Just thoughts on seeing one of the photos I took at the end of the year.