Yeah, my life is pretty crappy for a few months (don't want to think of the number of hours I've put in this weekend and how many more I still have left tonight), but I get flexibilty back the rest of the year. I will probably never be able to do the Salt, but I have been able to take multi-week trips most Novembers... great time for exploring Australia, paddling Mexico, rowing The Grand and sailing the BVI's. And, when the water is good, work slows... this will be four years straight headed to Idaho for a 1-2 week trip in May/June. Plus, it's paid time off (25 vacation plus 5 personal). And job security... 'death and taxes,' as they say.
I decided on this path before living in CO and enjoying the outdoor world, but it isn't too bad. If I could do it over again, nursing school would be calling. I've looked into making a change, but I'm a bit too vested in my current career.
Best of luck!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain