I mentioned several times, here and there, about the sailing trip that Riley and I are taking in the fall, but I don't know that I've ever really explained it in detail.
For the past couple of years, Riley has been talking about buying a sailboat and taking off for several months on a long sailing trip. At first, it started out as a vague dream, "someday, I want to do this..." and then as a "this is what I want to do when I retire" kind of plan. Riley has a lot of dreams and a lot of hobbies, so I admit, sometimes I kind of tune him out when he starts talking like this. But as time went on, his desire and sense of urgency about taking this kind of trip only increased. Sometime last year, I realized just how serious he was, and just how much he needed something like this. We were in our mid twenties and had been married for four years at this point. We both had steady jobs, but knew that we would want to be making some changes in the next few years as far as having kids and moving, etc. I finally told Riley, "It's now or never." That's all he needed to hear. We started planning our trip for two years out, but that didn't last long. The more we talked and dreamed about it, the more excited we got, and there was just no way we would be able to wait that long. We started talking to our bosses about it, letting them know that this was a serious possibility (we both worked for small companies where our absence would be felt) and that we hoped to leave within the year.
|Buying the boat. The first big step!|
We found our boat last December. Winbrandt is a 1980 C&C 30 sailboat. She needed quite a bit of work, and we have spent the last several months getting her back in shape and ready to make the trip. Riley can fix just about anything himself, and if he can't, he learns how to. We saved quite a bit of money by buying an older boat and using a lot of elbow grease (and blood, sweat, and tears). She is at a marina in North Carolina and we live in Virginia, so we've logged a lot of hours making the trip back and forth. We've also been busy at home trying to get our house ready to rent.
|A fresh coat of paint (among many other things!) and ready to be put back in the water.|
We always said that we were going to leave in the fall. It always sounded so far away. But here it is August already, and fall is right around the corner. It will be impossible to say for sure when exactly we are leaving, but it will most likely be sometime in October. We will be moving out of our house at the beginning of the month and will eventually move onto the boat. Our hope is to leave from New Bern, NC and sail down the coast and to the Bahamas. The purpose of the trip is the journey, however, not the destination, and we plan to not plan too much. Riley has told his boss that he will be gone for several months (I ended up leaving my job a lot sooner than I had intended, for multiple reasons), but since neither of us has ever done anything like this before, it's hard to say for sure.
So, that's the gist of it. There is so much left to do, and so many variables that could still change, but we have been so blessed to have gotten this far. Prayers have been answered and doors have been opened, and it really seems like this is going to happen. This is a new and unknown path that we are embarking on, and I'm so excited to share this journey with you!