While sailing certainly is a large part of what we do, I had to ponder his question for a minute. Scott and I, while sitting on the back of the boat together, had just been talking about how evenings as perfect as this one were few and far between, even when you spend 95% of your time on a sailboat. For us, sailing is a way of life, a way to get from point A to point B - and while we still get a lot of enjoyment out of it - it's a little different than packing a cooler full of sauvignon blanc, some good cheese and heading out for a sunset cruise with a handful of great people. In our world back on the boat, sailing conditions are rarely (if ever) ideal, we hardly (if ever) take out a group of friends simply for a pleasure cruise, and we never have chilled sauvignon blanc with cheese while under sail. Moments like the ones we were experiencing we're, truthfully, not at all reflective of our life on the boat.
That is not to say that our life on the boat isn't wonderful - because it is! It's just...different. Coincidentally, the fact that this night was "different" was precisely why it was so special. Not only did it offer us a nice break from terra firma and a chance to catch the wind in our sails again, it instantly reminded us of what we love the most about sailing; enjoying time in nature, laughing and chatting with friends, ghosting along the water toward a setting sun or rising moon, kicking back without a care in the world and the freedom of knowing we can go wherever the wind blows...
As we settled into our groove on the boat, I looked at Dave and smiled as I thought to myself, "Yeah. This is our life".
|Lauren's first time sailing on a big boat. She was a natural!|
|My beautiful little sister, Chelsea|
|Dave would want you to know he doesn't *really* wear his sweater like this.|
|Erika, on the other hand, is always like this ;)|
|Life is good!|
Brittany, Scott & Isla