Little Visit, Big Takeaways

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Konesco crew aboard the Adagio. For one week, I lived on the boat and experienced what life at sea is all about. Prior to my visit, I helped build this blog and like many of you, I have been following their adventures through the great posts Jen has been publishing.

Last sNewportummer I met up with my cousin Marc in Newport, Rhode Island while he was taking a sailing course. Over a delicious lobster dinner we discussed his plans and first conceptualized how I could help with the website. It has been incredible to see how everything has developed within the past year. We worked really well together creating the site and have stayed in touch about it’s upkeep. Marc and Jen graciously invited me to visit and I made sure to follow up on their offer! Within a week I had all the travel plans set!

 

DSC_0004Upon arriving in Marsh Harbor it was pouring rain. We all loaded in the dinghy filled with a foot of water and headed out to their sailboat. For a brief moment, while I sat, drenched to the core, I questioned what I had gotten myself into. Luckily, the weather started to clear up and I began to dry off. Once it was high tide we drove the boat over to Hope Town. The beauty of the area immediately put all my hesitations aside. I sculpted a sea turtle in the sand with the kids at a local beach. Then we finished the day eating dinner on the boat while listening to live music from a nearby waterfront bar.

 

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Throughout the week it continued to rain occasionally and Marc had to troubleshoot several problems that arose with the boat. Despite the weather and the boat troubles however, we were still able to:

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DSC_0559Marc and Jen said they had not experienced a lot of rain prior to my visit, but explained that with the beginning of summer the sporadic storms are typical. While rain in paradise is usually frowned upon, it was refreshing to me in that it washed away any preconceptions I had about a lazy life at sea. Like the bursts of precipitation that were quickly followed by rays of sun, I found that life on a sailboat has its ups and downs that come and go in a blink of an eye. The experience adds a whole new meaning to living in the moment and heightens the senses to what pure frustration, appreciation and happiness consist of.

I’m so glad I was fortunate enough to visit my family aboard their sailboat. It was a trip I will never forget. I’m hoping I will be able to visit them once they move to Costa Rica, but in the meantime, I hope Cam keeps catching his fish, Joellen keeps finding sea biscuits and Maria keeps learning from all the little miracles around her.

I wish Marc and Jen the best of luck crossing back over to Florida and applaud them for their enduring patience, positivity, and perseverance. They are most definitely prominent role models to me and I hope their shared stories continue to influence you to go for your dreams and soak up all that life has to offer!

7 thoughts on “Little Visit, Big Takeaways

  1. Kelsey definitely has the Greene sense of adventure in her blood, a wandering soul like her dad. Thanks so much guys for taking such good care of my baby girl. Yes, she’ll always be my baby girl! Now everyone else in our family is jealous and wants to visit too!

  2. Kelsey,

    So cool that you got to visit Marc and Jen! You have such a sense of adventure- just like everyone in your family. 🙂 Loved your post about your trip (beautiful writing as always). Nice work on building this blog! Hope to see you soon!

  3. I think I get it now. If I am reading the tea leaves right, you’re going to do the mission work in Costa Rica, right ? Carry on, my good man, and woman, and kids too… 🙂

  4. just so so amazing. I am feeling so blessed to have found this blog and follow an old friend and his family. God Speed to all!

    • Kelsey, it looks like you had a marvelous time, but I’m sure the week went by in a flash! I love all the photos and I have been keeping track since your mom told me about their website. I think I should tell Payton about it so he can learn about all of Marc and Jen’s family adventures at sea. It would be very educational for him and give him something to follow through his summer vacation. I think he and Cam are pretty close in age. I’m glad you made it home safe and sound andI can’t wait to see you and hear more! Love ya Sweetie!

    • Kelsey, great pictures and writing! You’re an amazing young lady and I enjoyed reading about your travels. Costa Rica next???

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