I don’t believe that the kids are completely aware, but school has already started even though we’re not on the water.
We visited a wonderful botantical garden the other day
and Caroline has started to teach the kids about astronomy.
I have had many homes in my life. And, with that I’ve had the benefits and the negatives associated with that. I’ve lived in lots of places and experienced lots of things and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. Having said that, there is also something to be said for growing up and living one’s life in a single community where you become part of the fabric of that community.
It struck me yesterday when I was driving our rental car that was left hand drive (like North American vehicles) on the left hand side of the road (like in Britain) how much I feel at home. It didn’t feel that odd. I had done it for a year about a decade ago and once or twice since and it felt very natural. Everything feels very much like I’m at home… the smells, the weather, the views, the people, the culture, and so on.
It’s nice to be back and it’s even better being able to share this with the kids. A very important bonus is that Caroline has always felt at home as well!
And, speaking of home, here are a few views at our present home.
Okay, a quick post on our flight. We had three flights which isn’t unusual. We often have three. This time, however, we needed to fly out of Ottawa since we were being dropped off. Normally we will drive to the States because it is much cheaper and very convenient. On the first leg of the flight we were up early and going through the process of checking in all of our luggage which was substantial as I mentioned before. We finally got all of it off through baggage screening, even though the CO2 cartridge in Caroline’s lifejacket did cause some questions and concerns about whether she could have it in checked in luggage. Then came the next step…. the human screening. Even though we’re a family of five, we’ve got our systems down and we can normally get through screening with as much or less issue than just a couple travelling. This time, however, I was randomly selected for additional screening. I just smiled and thought to myself… sure pick the father… at least it’s not my kids having to go through it.
Okay, that wasn’t such a big deal and really it was just another travel moment to smile about. But, it was a little bit funnier at the next leg, when I was again pulled aside for random screening…. yup, it’s random alright. 🙂 It’s random and that must have just been my lucky day.
In fact, it was my lucky day. It was the start of our great big adventure and there’s been nothing random about that. It’s been a deliberate journey. So, here’s to the journey.
Does this scare anyone else? Or just me? Okay, flying boats aren’t the norm but, in this case, it’s okay. Legend is out of the water to have a couple of seacocks drilled larger so that the new generator being put in will have enough water for coolant. [And, yes, that does mean that the previous generator died :-)]
So, we normally travel quite light. We can have 2 bags for the 5 of us. But, not this time. We have 7 bags each at just under 50 pounds. And, we also each have a carry-on. And, here it is all laid out.
Truly, I never thought I would ever travel with this much luggage. Even when we went to live overseas for a year, we didn’t have any more than this. Most of it is actually sailing equipment and school supplies.
UPDATE: A friend had a really good question about our luggage. We have 350 lbs of luggage and with carryons it is likely around 500 lbs. Her question was whether or not that would weigh the boat down. To put it in perspective, the boat is about 17 or 18 tons or about $36,000 lbs. So, in the whole scheme of things, the extra weight is not all that much.
Check out the Countdown Timer [upper left]. We are so close to going. Guess we should pack. Just kidding, we’re done….mostly. 🙂
One thing that I thought I should do is to show you actually where we’re going and where we will be sailing.
Here’s a picture of the Caribbean to put it into perspective.
Our boat is in the British Virgin Islands and we will be sailing only in the Eastern Caribbean. Specifically, we will be travelling from Puerto Rico to as far south as the Grenadines. Here is a pretty good map of the area that we will be sailing.
Swinging from the boom into the Caribbean
Yes, sometimes it’s just time for a break. Soon this will be us… less than 25 days.
[Okay, maybe it’s not always like this… but that’s okay.]
Okay, it must be official now. We’ve just ordered shirts and hats for our family with the adventure logo.
On other fronts, we continue to keep getting prepared. Lots to do but it’s coming along. As much as we travel light when we travel, packing for 8 months is going to result in lots of luggage. Most of it will be equipment that we need. Having said that, our hope is that we’ll still be under the normal requirements for luggage of 5 people. Wow.
Keep checking back as we getting closer to our launch, you will see even more over the next few weeks.
Okay, we’re down to less than 35 days and we’re getting excited. Soon, we’ll be off on our excellent adventure. And, alas, we still have a lot to do. But, it is basically fun to prepare for the adventure.
To give you an idea of what the kids are getting excited to do, take a look at this short clip.
We’re going to start posting more and more as we get closer to our departure. Please drop a line here at our blog and send us a post. We’d love to get something other than spam robots. 🙂
Here’s a video tease…. This is the view from our tender (dinghy) while the sun is setting as we head to shore to go to dinner. The bay is Cane Garden on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and we’re going to eat at Quito’s (for those of you who have visited us down there). Enjoy.