Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – Five-Year Mission Update

Posted July 18, 2021 – Narrated by Jim
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Captain’s Log: Stardate 2021.0718 – This log entry documents the completion of our five-year mission to boldly explore where no Beaubeaux has gone before. We hope Starfleet Command will grant us a continuance so LIB (Living in Beauty) may formally begin Year Six.

Though successful beyond our wildest dreams, the assignment is not complete. We’ve yet to drop stabilizers in hundreds of parks and many places where the neutral zone remains closed as of this writing: Alaska, Baja California, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario, to name a few.

‎⁨Petrified Forest National Park⁩, ⁨Arizona⁩

Our mission statement on this voyage has been and always shall be…

“… to explore strange old worlds, to seek out new life in old civilizations …

Forgive me if I speak too candidly, but Starfleet’s preliminary estimate failed to schedule sufficient returns to Starbase SD1 (San Diego) for holidays and repairs – and for repeated side-trips through wine and bourbon country.

Starfleet traditionally makes a show of support for these micro economies where many of Starfleet’s finest, including, Captain Picard, have found a retirement haven.

Lt. Commander Data and Captain Picard relaxing in Picard’s vineyard

For the official record, I can affirm that Beauty and her triune of rotating captains have maintained excellent health through these adventurous five years. In fact, we feel ten years younger and ten years wiser than when the mission began. Of course we have made mistakes, but we have overcome each one with as much drama as we could possibly milk out of them.

Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. You remove those obstacles, without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die.
– Captain James T. Kirk

But our most notable success is that each time we lowered our landing gear in an unknown place, we arrived as strangers and departed as friends.

The Borg

From a historical perspective, you may recall that on Stardate 2000.0628, the crew came in contact with The Borg and narrowly escaped assimilation by the Borg Queen.

“Resistance was futile”
– Captain’s Log Supplemental, Captain Pico de Gallo

And thus, as decorated Borg Combatants, we appeal to Starfleet to grant our request for an official prolongation of the LIB mission.

20 Mile Beach – Walker Lake, Nevada
“It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid.”

Damage Report

While we haven’t experienced a Kobayashi Maru situation where we find ourselves in a no-win scenario, we’ve had our share of challenges.

And each captain survived red shirt incidents.

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Wormholes

Occasionally we encounter a Wormhole that threatens to carry us out of the present and into the Fear of the Unknown. But, by putting our thrusters in reverse we carefully back out (always with the use of communicators so we do not disturb nearby vessels) and continue our journey with no apparent disruption to the space-time continuum.

A doctor once told me this about Beauty –

“Treat her like a lady and she’ll always bring you home.”
– Dr. Leonard McCoy (Bones)

The captains all agree, Beauty has always “Brought us Home,” regardless of where she sets us down.

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Regretfully, our attempt to utilize modern transporter technology for auxiliary travel proved ineffective (we waited, and waited but, dammit Jim, we went nowhere) so we settled for electric bikes.

June 2007 – Jim and son, Chris, on the recreated set of Star Trek

But mere technical challenges do not discourage us as we draw energy, strength and peace of mind from the slow and steady 4-3-2 travel philosophy. Aesop’s Rule in combination with Universal Code is, ironically, the next best thing to a transporter.

Jim and son, Chris, on the bridge of Star Trek – The Original Series as Jim orders, “Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.”

I can report the captains are all in good spirits. Romulan Ale seems to have had a strange and pleasing effect on morale.

Cultures, traditions and observations

In addition to following the Prime Directive (Starfleet General Order 1), we are faithful to Starfleet General Order 13.

“Respect the territorial integrity of independent planetary systems and governments within and without the confines of the Federation’s borders.”
– Starfleet General Order 13

Our landing party has met some fascinating Tellurians in every state and province. Even with a multitude of internal tribal skirmishes over these past five years and a plague which threatened to devastate the planet, our crew has only experienced grace and generosity in every region, restoring our confidence in Homo Sapiens Sapiens ultimate desire for peace.

“Your will to survive. Your love of life, your passion to know … Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed to you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.” 
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas

Inhabiting forty-eight states and four Canadian provinces so far, even Mr. Spock has come into agreement that the human capacity for love transcends the fear of The Other. It is the unique ability of Earthlings to look past differences – such as dialects, physical features and tribal rules – to see oneself as part of the whole. That is the ascendent path.

Similarities and core goals – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – is greater than our differences.

“The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.”
– Captain James T. Kirk

As visitors in each state, we discovered beauty in the landscapes, seascapes, small towns and great cities. Farm lands, urban skylines, cool alpine mountains, islands and parched deserts all have a unique culture, history, cuisine, color palette, and style of architecture. We remain fascinated in this ongoing experiment called The United States of America.

Mackinaw Campground, Fish Lake National Forest, Utah

The Details

Here are the details and specifics of the last five years, as required by standard log book protocol.

Beauty has now traveled 8.4 x 10-9 lightyears. In lay terms, that is almost 50,000 miles, 49,173 to be exact, equaling the distance of traveling the circumference of planet Earth… TWICE. (all on impulse drive without the use of warp speed)

Had we engaged Warp Factor One, 1 times the speed of light, 49,173 miles would have taken approximately one-fourth of one-second.

But warp dreams aside, we still have a Galaxy to explore.

Map of the Star Trek Galaxy

Our celestial heading is the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy, specifically the North American continent on our home planet, Sol III, as it is known among inhabitants from other home-worlds.

“When dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel… You just sit living and reliving other lives left behind” 

Here is the latest animated map of Beauty’s Terra Firma travels in her first 5 years.

Change is the essential process of all existence” 
Mr. Spock

If Command Central will indulge an old captain, I shall forgo the Stardate system and utilize the ancient Gregorian calendar.

More details

“The Past is written, but the future is left for us to write”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Now, the minutiae

While we seldom open up our log book displaying the specific details of our journey, here we break with protocol and list each destination over the past 1,826 days.

If you are still with me… congratulations. There may be a job for you in NERD (Never Enough Remote Destinations) 😊. Perhaps we should meet up and analyze some data over pints of Romulan Ale or an ice cold IPA.

Tomorrow, Stardate 2021.0719 – if Command Central signals us for clearance – will be the first day of our 6th year on this continuing mission. We eagerly await orders to “Engage” from our followers at Starfleet Command.

Crawford Lake, Colorado

So, I close this official log entry with a few of my favorite quotes from fellow adventurers.


“Live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
– Captain James T. Kirk

These entries have been officially submitted for the historical record, on behalf of the three captains, by Captain James B. Beaubeaux.

Catch up with you at the nearest Star.

Regardless of what stands in the way of your happiness, don’t say “no” … make it so!

“As the loser of a game of Fizzbin, Pico was initially assigned to write this Five-year log, but he fell into a skirmish with a squirrel, left the game early, and responded to his loss by urinating on a Cardassian’s boot. Thus, the report fell to Jim because I scored a Royal Fizzbin in the dark on a Tuesday.”
– Captain’s Log Supplemental, Captain Carmen

If you want to see our exact route, click here.

*photos in this post (unless otherwise noted) were taken and copyrighted by Living In Beauty.


Here are the other four blogs posts published on our full-time travel anniversaries

Facts of LIB – Published on our One Year Anniversary

Canadian LIB Moment – Published on our Two Year Anniversary

Counting Moments: 3 Years – Published on our Three Year Anniversary

Four Years and Counting – Published on our Four Year Anniversary