How I’m Going to Spend My Summer Vacation! I Mean It!

In naming this post, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet; drawn the proverbial line in the sand between us and the Universe.  It began when I realized two things: we haven’t had a really long sailing vacation since 2010, and we never get to use our boat since we moved it down to Olympia. We’ve had such lovely warm days here of late, and there has even been a bit of wind. We eat dinner on the patio, overlooking the pond and garden and watching the koi spawn. This is lovely. The garden is amazing this year and watching koi spawn is a lot more interesting than some things I can think of.  But sometimes we’d both rather be on the boat, eating dinner in the cockpit.

The koi are spawning early this year and the shallow end of the pond is covered with eggs. The koi will probably eat them all. Got to love an animal that eats its own young without even regretting it.

The koi are spawning early this year and the shallow end of the pond is covered with eggs. The koi will probably eat them all. Got to love an animal that eats its own young without even regretting it.

Just as I was about to get lulled into a nice, deep complacent lack of giving a c**p about boats and plans; just as I was about to throw caution to the wind and stop caring about any of this stuff because it’s just too much out of my control anyhow,  these two simple facts converged in such a way that I began to panic. I feared another summer would go by without a really good sailing vacation. I thought about the coming winter. (We Pacific Northwesterners always start thinking about winter just about the time the Summer Solstice comes around. It’s our way of pre-grieving the loss of the sun.) I thought about things like ‘carpe diem’, and other ubiquitous sayings that mean you should stop what you are doing now and go sailing. And I was seriously not amused at the idea of owning a boat without being able to use it, even if that boat is for sale. I felt my temper rising, just a little bit.

I have NEVER had waterlilies bloom before August. I have three in bloom this year already.

I have NEVER had waterlilies bloom before August. I have three in bloom this year already.

So I made a suggestion. It was really more in the form of a pronouncement, as my dander was up with frustration, but still, it was well thought out: If Moonrise does not sell by the end of June, we are retrieving our boat from Olympia, getting her ready to go, and heading back out to the west coast of Vancouver Island. I want to remember what the big ocean looks like and feels like, and that’s about as far as we can reasonably go in the amount of time Mike has.  I need to remember why we are doing this because it’s been such a frustrating experience so far. We’re not even to square one and already we are behind schedule.  I know that if I get out there and see even one whale, I’ll remember.

This was 3 years ago. That's too long between good, long trips.

This was 3 years ago. That’s too long between good, long trips.

We also need to practice doing things like charting, setting way points, paying more acute attention to weather, and keeping watch. We don’t need these skills very often around here as we’ve been sailing here for 10 years and we pretty much go to all the same places most of the time due to time pressures.  If you don’t have much time, you don’t go very far in a sailboat. So this kind of trip would allow us to get offshore, even if not for long. There will only be the two of us on the boat for this trip, unlike our previous trip to the west coast when our son, Andrew, was with us. He is good crew.

Also this cave almost ate me the last time we were there. I probably should go back and have a little conversation with it, just to clear the space between us.

Also this cave almost ate me the last time we were there. I probably should go back and have a little conversation with it, just to clear the space between us. It’s bigger than it looks. And darker. Much darker. 

Now that I’ve begun planning for our trip, the gauntlet is thrown, the die is cast. Now that the decision has been made, it wouldn’t surprise me if we get a last minute buyer for Moonrise.  If that happens, we’ll have to cancel the trip. But then we can spend our time looking at boats for real.  And that will be just as much fun.

Just in case the Universe is unclear about the plan, if our boat doesn’t find a good buyer before the end of the month, we’re going here. Let it be written, let it be done.

 

 

10 thoughts on “How I’m Going to Spend My Summer Vacation! I Mean It!

  1. Yes yes yes! You are doing exactly as you should!!! I hope that you have a marvelous sailing vacation or that Moonrise sells and you take a boat shopping vacation. Either way it sounds like you are in a very good position mentally. 🙂

    • Got to love a win/win situation. We’re going to see how little we can take on the boat and still be comfortable. I’m creating the costco list in my mind.

  2. The universe be warned, Melissa is on a rant. Good for you girlfriend. You need and deserve a nice long vacation on the boat. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the trip becomes a reality and the boat sells when you get back.

    • That is what I’m hoping! I’m starting to feel excited about going, getting the planning organized in my mind. Woo hoo!

  3. I swear you’re reading my mind! Panic has often set in with me when realizing that we haven’t been on our sailboat since last August … a week before Hurricane Isaac brought us home repairs. It’s been 10 months and Ken’s been recovering from an injury … we haven’t made any progress for almost a year! I think you have a good plan, and we’ll be cleaning and getting Nirvana ready for an outing soon too. Best of luck for a buyer … waiting is the hardest part! =)

    • I think about you guys and all the delays you’ve had and hope you get through this coming hurricane season unscathed. I guess it’s part of the process, this waiting and anxiety about getting to go. For us the timeline is about age. We are older than you and I feel a decided pressure to get out there before it’s too late. I’d like to think that if I were younger this wouldn’t be so strong, but I guess you never can tell what life will throw at you. Frankly the blog helps because no one wants to read negative things, so it forces me to think about how I can put a positive spin on something and make that spin true. This time, it really worked! I’m looking forward to the trip.

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