Forward In this book you are about to embark on a journey of a life time. This journey will bring you to places that you might have never heard of and yet they do exist right in your vicinity or reach. You will witness and see the beauty of some spectacular nature encounters that will bring peace and joy to your heart and soul. You also will have the opportunity to relive the trials and tribulations of boating with everything that it entails, from joy to challenge and resolution. You will wit- ness Mother Nature’s many faces in their full display and boaters adjustments in accord to that. There also is a story within the story touching on the inner most sacred transfor- mation of a human spirit that is faced with those, ah so deeply hidden fears and emotions that one mostly is not even aware of being there, deep within. Welcome on the commencement of a journey of a life time: Contessa Goes North!