|Dana gives Eventyr a well-deserved final hug|
Our last week in Grenada was bittersweet. We did as many Caribbean Island specific activities as we could manage and said goodbye to all our cruiser friends. We spent our final night at the Tiki Bar in Prickly Bay toasting with Coral of Cowes' Richard and Katie. We promised we'd be back to the Caribbean at some point, though probably not anytime soon.
|Yet another beach bar…sigh|
|Hog Island anchorage in Grenada|
|Trying to enjoy our final sail|
|One final dive|
|One final float|
|Out of the water for the first time in over a year|
|Little Eventyr hidden away in the back|
Total nautical miles travelled under Eventyr's keel since Philadelphia:
Total number of islands visited:
Total number of Countries visited (excluding Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands):
Total number of currencies used aside from the US Dollar:
Total number of languages spoken aside from English (and local creole dialects):
We learned a few surprising things about ourselves as well. We realized that living on a beautiful, secluded island is not for us. We need social interaction. Within one day of being away from other people, we were excited to be back at a beach bar or visiting with another cruiser in his or her cockpit. We especially missed our friends and family from home. It was a real treat having Hanna and Chris, Shanley and Patrick, Jon, Otis, and Beth, the whole Old City Philadelphia crew, Rebecca and Jarred, and my mom aboard Eventyr. We also realized that we value our careers. We felt somewhat adrift, at times, without the meaning and purpose provided by our jobs. I guess we didn't spend years in school studying psychology just to retire at the drop of a hat. We also realized how lucky we are to have employers who allowed us to take this time to pursue our dreams and come back to the positions we love.
Last week, we mailed five boxes of our belongings back to Philadelphia. We loaded the remainder of our things into checked luggage. I readied my surfboard bag with Dad's board for travel. We boarded a plane and flew to Costa Rica, where we originally hoped to sail. We're at a reunion, of sorts. Dana's brother, Jason, and two cousins, Kelsey and April are all here with us visiting Dana's dad Brent, his wife Victoria, and son Carlos. This vacation has been the perfect transition from boat life back to real life. We've sat by Brent's pool, relaxing. We visited the rainforest, where we hiked to waterfalls, held toucans, snakes, and butterflies, hand-fed hummingbirds, fished for rainbow trout in a stocked pond, and watched monkeys and jaguars in their enclosures. We went to Guiones beach on the Pacific Ocean, where we surfed and chilled on the beach. It's been so much fun, giving Dana and I a chance to put everything in perspective.
|Kelsey, Carlos, Jason, April, me, Dana, Victoria, and Brent at La Paz waterfalls|
|Jason, Kelsey, April and me heading out|
|Me on an epic Costa Rican wave!|
Congratulations on living your dream. Welcome back, Kai and Dana!ReplyDelete
Lynn & Bob
Thanks! Can't wait to see you guys stateside!!!Delete
Congratulations Dana and Kai on pursuing your BHAG(big hairy audacious goal) - welcome back!Delete
Thank you for sharing your blog which was an enjoyable read.....Best, Christina Birrer
Thanks Christina! The BHAG may be over, but now we're excited to meet Emilia and start this next chapter of our lives.Delete
Dana and Kai,ReplyDelete
Happy/Sad for you.
We are so pleased that we crossed paths with you on your big adventure. You guys certainly aren’t afraid of undertaking some major passages… most of them to windward. Can you imagine how easy it would be to do the trip the other way? Maybe……..???
Best wishes on your transition from water to dirt… from wasting time to work…
Good luck on your ongoing Big Adventure.
Glen and Pam - Blue Pearl
Glen and Pam,Delete
So glad to hear from you! I think sailing the other direction up through the Caribbean would be MUCH more comfortable than what we did. Maybe some day. For now it's back to the daily grind on dirt instead of wasting time on the water. Best of luck to you as well. Enjoy your next season on the water!
I've enjoyed reading your blog and following along as you sailed south. Good luck moving back to Philly and getting readjusted! Maybe a little sailboat to tool around the Delaware is in your future?ReplyDelete
Thanks for following Kristen! I checked out your blog http://happysailing.blogspot.com and you've had quite the adventures yourself! Eventually we'll get a little sailboat for daysails down the Delaware, but have to rebuild the cruising kitty first :-)ReplyDelete