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I don’t know if time travel is possible. In fact, I don’t know if time even exists.

Time is a useful construct that forms the bookends of my life, and it’s the only thing that keeps everything from happening at the same time.

That being said, time at best is a relative thing, and my concept of time is more of a matter of scale than reality.

We can relate time to the speed of light. We can relate it to how long it takes the earth to make one revolution around the sun. We can relate it to how long it takes the world to spin one full revolution on it’s axis.

When I use a geologic time scale, the amount of time it takes for planet earth to make one trip around the sun seems insignificant and trivial.

When I use a human time scale, one revolution of planet earth around the sun seems like a very long time.

If there is a God in heaven, I feel certain that God exists above and beyond our concept of time. I seriously doubt that God marks the time in the entire universe to the number of times planet earth travels around the sun.

I am swimming in an ocean of time, and I am not sure whether time is passing or whether I am passing. We do a thing called growing older, and it makes sense to relate that to this concept called time.

So I am back to where I started.

I don’t know if time really exists, but if it does, it’s relative to my point of view.

So what does it mean to do time travel in a world where time is relative?

Living in the present moment and making it into what I want it to be is one of the highest priorities of my life. But just because I am committed to the fierce urgency of now, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t do time travel.

I do time travel all the time, and my favorite method is photography.

That’s why I have thousands of photographs recording the adventures I have had in the last fifty years. Each of those pictures take me back to an instant in time, and they do it in a nanosecond.

When I want to do time travel into the future, I use something called imagination. My imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.

You actually have a photographic memory, but you don’t have total recall. A photo is special because it takes you to the place of total recall. It restores your memory of the past and makes it possible to do time travel.

For most people, the farther back you go in time, the more help you need with time travel. Those long forgotten memories spring to life when you look at an ancient photograph.

My grandchildren will be able to do time travel back to the time of their birth, because the digital revolution has given them the gift of a photographic record that documents the hours and days of their lives.

On my iPad, I have eighty thousand photos that go back in time more than fifteen years, and they are all conveniently arranged by date automatically by the software on my iPad.

Of all the amazing things that my iPad does, automatically arranging fifteen years of my life in chronological order accomplishes two things. First, it makes instant recall possible by simply looking at a particular photograph. Second, it makes time travel easy by taking me back to any desired date.

I do lots of time travel, even if time doesn’t really exist. It has enriched my life in many ways, and reminds me of all the blessings that have pursued me through my life.

Time travel has other benefits as well.

Time travel lets me see things I did not notice the first time around.

If time does exist, it exists in the moment called now, and it’s a shame to miss out on what now has to offer.

When I travel through time at a frenetic pace, I miss out on lots of things. I am simply too busy to notice what is happening.

Time travel takes me back to the moment called now, and I get to see what I missed.

Going back in time gives me lots of “wow” moments as I closely examine the events of my life.

I like going back in time examining my life in greater detail.

I sit in the bleachers of my life and look at the good times and bad, the hard times and easy times. I rediscover my blessings, and I am amazed that I am still alive and kicking after all these years.

I am reminded that life is unspeakably good, and I am blessed beyond anything I deserve.

These are all benefits of time travel.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Dr. Dave

Captain Dave - David J. Abbott M.D.





Exit Only

See what it's like for a family to sail around the world on a small catamaran

Captain Save Our Souls

Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.

Red Sea Blues

Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.

Red Sea Chronicles Trailer

If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 1 - When Flying Fish Attack

Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 2 - Pirate Alley

Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 3 - Aden, Yemen

Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.

Red Sea Chronicles Episode 4- Gate of Sorrows and Sandstorms

After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.

Patreon - Maxing Out

Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.

The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.

The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.

And don't forget the two Music Videos: "The Red Sea Blues", and "Captain - Save Our Souls".

The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.


    Team Maxing Out Sails Around The World On Their 39 Foot Catamaran

    Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea


    Give your dream machine a shot in the arm

    See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one


    View the storm management video to learn how Captain Dave dealt with storms at sea

    After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams

Red Sea Chronicles

Save A Tree Bookstore

Although I like the feel of a paper book in my hand, I love trees even more. When people purchase an eBook, they actually save trees and save money as well. Ebooks are less expensive and have no negative impact on the environment. All of Dr. Dave's books are available at Save A Tree Bookstore. Visit the bookstore today and start putting good things into your mind. It's easy to fill your mind with positive things using eBooks. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pull out your smart phone or tablet and start reading. You can even use electronic highlighters and make annotations in your eBooks just like paper books.