Personal adventure, many women tell me, is one of the main reasons prompting them to go cruising. It motivated Shannon Miller of Wind Rose, a Catalina 25. "I think one of my big desires is to unplug from American culture," she says. "As my husband, Doug, and I are raising our kids, ages 1 and 3, it's easy to see a whole life mapped out, with the minivan, soccer practice, and all that. This seemed like a very safe, predictable life, and part of me could be satisfied with it, but there's another part that craves really wringing all there is out of life. All the comforts that seem to be so nice might just be cocooning me from the big, beautiful world. Those niceties will always be there. But this precious time as a family, while we're young and healthy, won't."