Sep 4, 2013

funny you should ask...

I'm participating in Jenni's Blogtember challenge this month, and today's blogging prompt happens to be:

"If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?"

Funny you should ask, because that's precisely what we are about to do!

Now, my first choice probably would have been to spend several months living in a villa in Tuscany, but I suppose living on a sailboat and sailing to the Bahamas will do for now.
When Riley and I tell people about the trip we are planning to take, we generally get the same few questions (understandably) over and over.  Here are my best attempts at answering some of the most frequently asked questions:

1. Where are you going?
We are leaving from New Bern, NC and will be sailing south down the east coast.  We are hoping to sail to the Bahamas and back, but our trip is more about the journey than the destination, so we're keeping our plans flexible.

2. How long will you be gone?
This one's tricky because we have never done anything like this before.  The best answer we can give is, "as long as we feel like it."  We are planning to be gone for several months, but the specifics will depend on where we feel like stopping, and how much time we spend there.

3. When are you leaving?
We are moving out of our house the first week of October.  After that, we'll move onto the boat and then wait for the conditions to be right for us to leave the marina.  Hopefully sometime in October, though.

4.What will you do with your dog?
Gidget is coming with us!  She couldn't possibly be away from me for that long :)
She's adapted well to the boat, and is outfitted and ready to go!

5. How does your family feel about it?
This question always surprises me, because both of our families have been nothing but supportive.  They are excited for us (and a little worried, I'm sure) and we're all hoping that they'll be able to meet up with us at some point along the way.

6. How big is the boat?
Our sailboat is 30' long.  It is small, but the cabin still feels (relatively) roomy for two people and a small dog to live in for several months.  That's how we feel about it for now, at least!  We have a small galley (kitchen) with a cooler, sink and oven, a table, a small head (bathroom) and a V-berth for sleeping.

7. Are you going to be out of sight of land?
We intend to do mostly coastal cruising, so hopefully we'll never be more than 25 miles or so off shore.  Except for crossing to the Bahamas and some island hopping.

8. What will you do with all of your free time?
Sail. Explore. Eat, sleep, swim, read, write, learn. Argue, maybe a little. Pray, a lot. Take time to stop and smell the... saltwater.

There is so much that we don't know, and really can't know until we actually experience it for ourselves.  But we have done our best to prepare for anything, and are so excited to set sail soon!

Do you have any other questions? Anything you'd like to know about?  I'll do my best to answer!

42 comments:

  1. I couldn't even imagine. Everyone always talks about what they would do but I think it's great that you are actually doing it.

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  2. What an awesome adventure!!! So exciting.

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  3. Two questions, will you be blogging on your trip? And, what is the longest time you have been on the water so far?

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    1. 1.I hope so! We won't always have consistent internet access, but it should be enough to check in regularly. I'd miss it too much if I couldn't!
      2. Not long at all! It's been hard to get away with so many projects looming before we leave. We've spent up to five consecutive days on the boat (docked at the marina), but only two anchored out in the water. So, it will be a big adjustment :)

      Thanks for asking!

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  4. How exciting! To be able to take that time off and go exploring in such a way. My question is, do either of ya'll have standard full-time jobs? Working/being able to take time off for several months would probably be what stops most people from having an adventure like this!

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    1. Great question!
      I had already quit my job, but Riley will be working up until the time we leave. He's been working at the same full time job since he was 15, so this will be a well deserved leave for him! Fortunately, he is blessed to work for a company that supports his leaving, but also wants him to return when we get back :)

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    2. so amazing! that was my question, too. that is awesome, that riley's job is so supportive! what an adventure. :)

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  5. Shut the front door! I am so jealous! I can't wait to read about your adventures!!!

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    1. haha :) Thanks, I'm looking forward to writing about them, too!

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  6. This is incredibly awesome! Have you two been saving up long to make such a trip? It's a bit of a dream for me :) I've contemplated renting a room on a steamer and traveling the world, but this seems a much better way to go, lol. I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

    jess
    Quaintrelle

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    1. Well, yes and no. Really it's more about the kind of lifestyle we've adopted. Since he's been about 12, Riley's been working and investing his money in a way that would allow for some flexibility in the future, and we've both always been careful with our finances. Riley's in construction, so we live on a modest income, but we make the most of it! Also, we're making this trip on a small budget and a diy mindset... we won't be paying to stay at marinas all the time or indulging in expensive restaurants, etc. Our motto is "go small and go now." :) Thanks for your question!

      That sounds like it'd be an amazing adventure, too! I really hope that you'll do something like that one day!!

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  7. And yes, I am STILL jealous of this. You will love it and I will love living vicariously through you -mwahahaha! :)

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  8. Yay! Only a month left! So excited for you guys :-). I've been on a blog reading hiatus (seems to happen more and more these days...), and so enjoyed catching up around here, as per usual. Loved the post about night on a boat especially! Made me laugh - very well written! I'll look forward to your Blogtember posts to come :-).

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  9. Oh wow! This is so exciting! You are going to have such an amazing time, I can't even imagine such an adventure :)

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    1. I hope so! It's so hard for me to believe that we're really doing it sometimes myself!

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  10. That sounds so exciting! Wishing you a safe journey!

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  11. Thanks for the comment on my Blogtember post :) I am so intrigued by your sailing adventure! This sounds like an amazing trip to embark on with your hubby and pup, and I wish you nothing but exciting adventures and stories to share!

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words :)
      I'm sure we'll have plenty of stories... hopefully the good kind!

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  12. Oh my gosh that sounds SO exciting!! I was only on a sail boat once and I had such a blast! Think of all the great stories you're going to have to tell the grandkids one day!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  13. That sounds fun and exciting! Wish you a great and fun adventure in advance!

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  14. That sounds amazing!! I hope you have a wonderfully fun, and of course safe trip. It's such a blessing to be able to take those opportunities of a life time.

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    1. Thank you! We really do feel extremely blessed and will try our best not to take a single moment of it for granted :)

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  15. Wooooow! Can I just BE you for a little while?? This sounds so amazing! I'm happy for you to actually have your adventure (the rest of us will be here dreaming about it) ; )

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  16. I've spent time on a 30 foot sailboat--it's good and your husband like each other! ;-) I hope you'll be able to blog!

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    1. haha, you know very well then just how small it is! We're used to a small living space, but this is on a whole new level :) Thanks! I'm planning to, maybe not as consistently, but I'm going to do my best!

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  17. Wow - it sounds like you're going to have such an amazing adventure! Love the stripey seat covers in there too :) S

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    1. Thanks! You should have seen the old covers... it's amazing what a fresh new fabric (especially stripes!) can do for a space!

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  18. This is amazing! My question for you is... How do you know how much food to bring? Will you catch fish and eat them? Are you going to be on the water the whole time?

    Simply wonderful. Safe travels to you and your husband!

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    1. Good questions!
      This is something we'll have to learn and adjust as we go, for sure. We won't be storing a ton of food at one time, just because there isn't the space. At every stop we make we'll have to find a grocery store or market, and buy just what we need and try to estimate when our next opportunity to shop will be. We also have to be able to get it back to the boat without a car! We've been told not to count on fishing... it can also get really expensive to purchase all of the different licenses needed in each locality.

      We'll be living on the boat the whole time, mostly at anchor, but we might dock at a marina every once in a while. We're hoping to spend most of our days on shore, though, exploring new places!

      Thank you so much!! :)

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  19. I am so glad you did this post!!! I love it! I love knowing the background to this trip before it actually happens. I am so impressed by what you all are doing and admire you both for it. It sounds all fun and exciting, but I do believe it will be a test of faith as well. You will surely grow from it in so many ways. I cannot wait to read more about what's to come with your travels!! And I didn't realize Bahamas was the destination.. I'm sorry there's not room for a third - and that would be me. :)

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  20. Wow! What an adventure you guys will have!!! :) So neat that you're able to actually do this.

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  21. That's so awesome! I remember reading a recent "True Story" on the blog Yes and Yes about a family (or was it a couple?) that did a similar thing and sailed across... well, I want to say the ocean, but I'm not sure which one it was. (My memory is failing me, oops.) Either way, your upcoming adventure sounds awesome. Gidget looks adorable in her outfit :)

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    1. Oh, I'll have to look into that, I'd love to read it! Thanks for sharing!
      haha, I think so too, but I'm a little biased :)

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  22. Eeeee heee.
    You know how this just makes my heart smile.
    Its going to be the best, I'm sure.
    And I can't wait to live vicariously through you.

    Its coming up soooo soon.

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  23. Wow, this prompt came at the right time for you then.
    Such a beautiful plan you have there, I wish you all the best for that.

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  24. This really sounds like an unforgetable adventure. The pic with Gidget is too cute!
    Can't wait to hear more. Good luck! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope to have lots to share :)

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  25. this is absolutely incredible!! what an awesome adventure

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  26. This is awesome! I've never been sailing, but this looks like it would be SO much fun!

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    1. I hope that you'll get to try it one day! There's just something about spending time on the water that way that's hard to beat :)

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  27. What a cool trip! I absolutely love sailing and would jump at the chance to do something like this. I'm working on my guy, trying to get him to agree to something along these lines, but we'll have to wait until he's out of the Navy. I hope you have an awesome time!

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