13 years ago this fall we sailed off into the sunset on a 2 year cruise to points south and had the experience of a lifetime.
11 years ago I carried a stow away around for 9 months, hated being pregnant on the boat and vowed never to set foot on a any floating contraption again.
7 years ago we had two small children and we were too sleep deprived to even contemplate cruising again
5 years ago - set a five year plan in place to cruise with our 2 boys
4 years ago - Crap, another stow away! decided we were going to need a bigger boat!
3 years ago thought about buying a boat.
2 years ago - bought the boat and then we became slaves to fixing the boat up (by we I mean Mike of course).
This year we newly christened her the Pelagic. She is our home away from home and although we will be tight, she is a solid, beautiful boat.
Today we are exactly one year out and we are really thinking we can do this. Boat is almost ready to go, a few more things on the list, but she is blue water ready, check. Cottage in Maine is rented, check. Looking into renting the house, purging household items, exploring home schooling options, purging rarely used items, reviewing insurance plans, looking into storage units, continuing to purge, endless other small tasks.........
We are expecting that this time next year we will be headed west on the Columbia and will then take a sharp left at the Pacific and sail south into warmer climes. Of course it will all be romantic and magical with our 3 children perfectly behaved the whole way. OK, I’ve done this before, its is not all the fairy tale, I will threaten divorce, I will wonder why we are doing this again, but those moments will hopefully be small in the larger picture of experiencing the world at a slower pace. Spending two years with my kids, watching them explore and wonder at the marvel of the sea and the magic of distant lands. This is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Difficult sometimes, exhausting often, terrifying on occasion, but always we will be creating moments that I will, hopefully, spend a lifetime cherishing.