Nov 18, 2013

the in-between

So far, my favorite part of this experience has been getting to visit all of the towns and cities along the coast.  But, in order to get to them, we spend just as many not-so exciting days traveling.  Before we started I had this romantic idea (of course I did) of us sailing peacefully out in the great blue ocean, most likely in a bathing suit and shorts, soaking up the sun, feeling the warm breeze in our hair, and then anchoring somewhere near a sandy beach for the night.  Surprisingly (or, unsurprisingly), that's not exactly how it's been going.  At least not yet, anyway.

an audiobook is one way to drown out the motor. or, your wife...
much of the intracoastal has looked a lot like this

Generally, we wake up sometime between 6 and 7am and start layering on the clothes. Riley puts on some coffee, we pull up our anchor and get underway.  We've been doing most of our sailing in the Intracoastal Waterway instead of the ocean.  Due to weather conditions and cities we've wanted to visit, it has been the most efficient route.  This also means that we've been doing a lot more motoring than we imagined we would. The ICW can get narrow and busy with boat traffic, so it's not always ideal to raise the sails.  Using the motor allows for a much faster reaction time when we need to get out of someone, or something else's way.  But wow, is that motor loud!  We usual travel for about 8-10 hours a day for 1-3 days at a time.  Listening to that motor is like listening to a jackhammer.  And it's just as loud inside the boat as it is outside.

So anyway, we get out our charts and our Skipper Bob's Anchorages Along the Intracoastal Waterway guide, and Riley mans the helm while I get us some breakfast, cereal, most likely.  And then we spend the next several hours driving and day dreaming about our next shower, grocery run, and laundromat.  Even though we have an autopilot, Riley pretty much stays behind the wheel, and I usually have tasks like adjusting the autopilot to a certain degree, finding our current location on the chart, or reading out some helpful tidbit from Skipper Bob.  I'm also in charge of whipping up a little something for lunch and maybe even opening a can of soup for dinner after one of these long days. And that's it.  If it's a really exciting day maybe we'll see some dolphins, call a bridge to open, or even run aground.  We usually try to find a good spot to anchor just before it gets dark, and if Gidget's lucky, there might be a patch of grass nearby that Riley can ride her out to on the dinghy.  And then as soon as it's dark, we're ready to go to sleep.  Usually because it's cold.  And it's tiring concentrating on navigating the ICW for that many hours.  Also, sometimes just out of boredom.

finally, a vehicle in which she is tall enough to see out the "windows"
important autopilot adjusting duties

lowering the anchor
a much anticipated bathroom break for the pup
our home for the night
And those are the in-between days.  The not so glamorous side of this experience.  Although, still not the least glamorous side, but I'll spare you those details.  For now, anyway.

10 comments:

  1. i just love keeping up with y'all! what a beautiful story you're building!!!
    xx

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  2. The simplicity of your life right now in the fast-paced world sounds wonderful!

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  3. It still sounds wonderful! There's something so lovely about the idea of just getting some time to be alone with your thoughts and watch the world go by, loud motor or no!

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    1. Haha, you know the expression "it's so loud I can't hear myself think"? It's like that. :) But really, I know I need to appreciate these moments, too. It's all part of the experience.

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  4. I think those in between sound the best, aside from the sound of the motor. Being able to just watch the skyline and the water. The little things matter most!

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  5. I can see how the in-betweens could get boring, that's a lot of time to do nothing. I hope it gets warmer soon so you can at least enjoy the sun on your in-betweens.

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  6. I'm loving your adventure. Beautiful photos. I was wondering how the pup goes to the bathroom… now I know! lol

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  7. Hi Allison! Your shots are captivating! I'm enjoying my quiet time with your blog. For someone who does not have the luxury to see the world, your blog somehow fulfils my dream to travel. Have a great day ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I'm only just beginning to see a small bit of it myself, and I'm so glad that I can share that with you!

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  8. Aww how does your dog handle all the water motion? Must be a real trooper! :) Jeez 8-10 hours? How is your patience holding up? Beautiful views though, have a great one! -Iva

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