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 summer 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!
Upon 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.
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:
- explore Hope Town on a golf cart
- find neat critters at the beach
- watch the kerosene light house being lit
- go snorkeling at Fowl Cay reef
- play at Guana Cay
- take in the sights at Treasure Cay
- and sail!!!
Marc 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!