Dear reader; This is a true story told in the first person of an adventure that began as an idea and
unfolded into a rich and fulfilling dream come true. Beginning with desires and aspirations this story
conveys a thought of a remote possibility molded into reality.
Sailing Beyond Lake Superior: Travels of Dursmirg ©2012 John M. Grimsrud
2nd edition of Travels of Dursmirg: Volume 1
By John M. Grimsrud
Who hasn't daydreamed about chucking it all and sailing away on a boat to warmer climes, "far from the madding
crowd's ignoble strife." John and Jane did just that. This true sailing adventure is told in the first person. It began as an
idea and unfolded into a rich and fulfilling dream come true. A lifelong obsession of escape materialized in 1972 with the
building and launching of their dreamboat Dursmirg. John and Jane went over the horizon and out to sea on a voyage of
escape. Departing Duluth-Superior on the western terminus of the St. Lawrence, they crossed the Great Lakes, the Erie
Canal and Hudson River to New York City. The motivations and inspirations for this five year plan of escape was
hastened by the revelation that youth only comes to you one time. Procrastination scuttles many a dreamboat. It was an
enchanting journey, and in more than one place they felt tempted to stay. But there was always the thought of Florida
driving them on. Arriving in a fairyland, destiny planted them in St. Augustine. The book is recommended for all free
spirited dreamers that have the drive and desire to live life to the fullest. This book was originally published as Travels of
Dursmirg: Volume 1. It has been updated and upgraded with a totally new format.
Sailing the Sea Islands: Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 2 by John M. (Bing) Grimsrud
Summers at Daufuskie
Beyond their wildest expectations a new life of independence laced with exciting discovery and good fortune opened a
wealthy world there to be savored by those who take the time to enjoy it to its fullest.
John and Jane spent their first season living aboard Dursmirg in the Old City of St. Augustine and found more
fascinating attractions, new friends, southern cooking and exciting diversions than they could be packed in. They were
enticed to return again and again.
Springtime arrived and the Sea Islands beckoned. Fernandina Beach, Brunswick, Savannah and Charleston were
visited. Living at anchor opened a new realm and they learned to live out of the sea. Exploration took them to places
Cumberland Island, Daufuskie Island and more.
Discover the best southern cooking from the Sea Islands, humorous encounters, tricks of harvesting seafood and living
with nature that were all part of a dream come true.
This book is recommended reading for determined adventurers yearning to find a place in this world to live free. This is
the second of four volumes in a series.
Sailing the Florida Keys: Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 3 by John M. (Bing) Grimsrud
Swinging in a Summer Breeze
“I am going where the wind blows, when the spirit moves me and the price is right.”
These were the driving forces, the goals and aspirations that would be fulfilled beyond their wildest expectations. Quality
of life and standard of living were to be far above anything imaginable. Yes, they did it!
Using the Oldest City of St. Augustine as a home base, winter sojourns south always included the Indian River where
lifelong friendships were cemented, bountiful seafood harvested and anchorages a slice of paradise.
Miami and Biscayne Bay was a cruising boaters dream come true. Anchorages abounded at Dinner Key, Biscayne Key
plus Sand, Elliot and Rhodes Keys in the Biscayne National Park. Venturing south the Hawk Channel took you to
Marathon, Boot Key, No Name Harbor, Key West, the Marquesas and Dry Tortugas. These places were part of the best
cruising, fishing, and exploring to be found anywhere.
Dodging the bullet that wounded the nation and slipping off into a utopian paradise while the world was in turmoil and
upheaval, they migrated together with like-minded sailors into a new dimension.
More than a life story this was a love story where husband and wife were also the best of friends and pals. This is the
third of four volumes in a series.
Sailing to St. Augustine: Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 4 by John M. (Bing) Grimsrud
In Sailing to St. Augustine you will meet a mix of characters that are entertaining, amusing and witty, and learn about
the history of St. Augustine from the author’s perspective in his search for the Fountain of Youth.
John and Jane designed and built their dreamboat, sailed away, and lived with nature, out of the sea and off the land for
fifteen glorious years— mission accomplished. Their dream came true.
From their five year escape plan, which was recounted in the first volume of the Travels of Dursmirg series, Sailing
Beyond Lake Superior, their destiny drew them to St. Augustine.
A dedicated and determined joint effort saw their home built sailboat Dursmirg launched on June 22, 1972. They sailed
on a voyage of discovery south to the land with no snow.
On December 14, 1972, they anchored for the first time in Florida waters. Florida had beckoned them, and now they
In the final book in the Travels of Dursmirg series, Sailing to St. Augustine, they step into the world of St. Augustine and
meet the people, some of them rogues and social misfits, who made their time in St. Augustine a one-of-a-kind
St. Augustine had enticed and beguiled them from their first encounter, and now they would find there an irresistible
opportunity to enjoy their new found lives to the fullest. They would discover the story of the Fountain of Youth and the
intriguing history of St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the United States.
Discover how St. Augustine, as a home base, perpetuated their adventures into even more far flung new frontiers.
This story relates the action-packed events and exciting personalities that forever altered their lives and changed its
course in St. Augustine, a place caught in the cross-hairs of time.
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