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The Childhood Fantasy That Launched A Life At Sea

Gabriel Spitzer
Kevin Wood, along with the book that captured his imagination as a child, went on to a career at sea.

Most of us abandon our childhood dreams, and Kevin Wood was no different. As a boy he’d been enchanted by ships and he wanted desperately to sail the seven seas. Then he did the sensible thing and went to college on a normal career path.

But one summer on a visit to Key West, he encountered a docked tall ship. The next thing he knew he was training to sail, dropping out of college, and beginning a life at sea.

Wood did get around to going back to college. These days he has a second career as a climate scientist at the University of Washington, a job that allows him to still be on ships for weeks or months each year. He joined Gabriel Spitzer to talk about turning his childhood dream into a way of life. 

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.