So, You're Going to Live on a Boat?

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So, You're Going to Live on a Boat?

IN ANY SOCIAL SETTING WHETHER IT BE AT WORK, AT A PARTY, AT MY SON'S SCHOOL I AM OFTEN ASKED WHAT BROUGHT US TO SOUTH CAROLINA ALL THE WAY FROM IDAHO? I TRY TO REPLY AS SIMPLY AS I CAN, SOMETIMES DEPENDING ON MY MOOD FOR THE PURE SHOCK VALUE, SOMETIMES JUST TO TRY AND QUICKLY DEBRIEF YOU ON US ATTEMPTING AT LIVING A CRAZY DREAM. YES, WE ARE GOING TO BE LIVING ON A BOAT, AND YES OUR YOUNG CHILDREN WILL BE SAFE. THOSE ARE USUALLY THE FIRST TWO QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

 

 

THE DREAM "CAT"

IT ALL STARTED FOR ME BACK IN 2008 WHEN I WAS WORKING AT AN AWESOME LOCAL RESTAURANT, LEARNING NEW THINGS ABOUT COOKING EVERYDAY FROM MY BOSS, THE OWNER, AND MY MENTOR. IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM I MAY NEVER HAVE FOUND MY PASSION FOR COOKING AND ALL THINGS FOOD, ANYWAY THAT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. I MET MY NEW FRIEND KEVIN WHO WOULD LATER IN 2011, BECOME MY HUSBAND. HE SEEMED VERY KIND, HE WAS BLUNT, SARCASTIC, BRASH, GOOD LOOKING, WHICH PRETTY MUCH COVER ABOUT ALL OF MY REQUIREMENTS. WE FIRST STARTED GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER OVER A COLD DRAFT BEER AFTER WORK WHEN HE BEGAN TELLING ME ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR SAILING. A LOVE THAT BEGAN IN DIAPERS ONBOARD HIS FAMILY'S SAILBOAT, IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. I HAD LIVED IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR SOME TIME DURING MY COLLEGE YEARS AND SAW SOME SAILBOATS, SOMETIMES, AND THAT WAS MY EXTENT OF KNOWLEDGE ON THE SUBJECT. HE ALSO BEGAN TELLING ME THAT HE WAS TAKING A TRIP IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WITH A BUNCH OF WELL CHOSEN FRIENDS ON A 39FT LAGOON CATAMARAN IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLAND FOR ABOUT 4 WEEKS. NOW NOT ALL OF US ARE IN A POSITION TO GO ISLAND HOPING FOR 4 WEEKS SO FRIENDS TOOK THE TIME OFF THEY COULD AND WOULD BE COMING DOWN IN SHIFTS.

I HAVE TO BE HONEST, AT THE TIME I HAD NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, BUT AFTER SOME HELP FROM GOOGLE A LITTLE CONVINCING FROM THE OWNERS OF THE RESTAURANT, WHO ARE VERY LONG TIME DEAR FRIENDS OF KEVIN'S, I HAD MY FLIGHTS BOOKED FOR TWO WEEKS IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, ON A THING CALLED A "CAT" WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW.

LITTLE DID I KNOW WITH MY FINAL CLICK ON EXPEDIA THAT THIS TRIP WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE, FOREVER, IN THE MOST AMAZING WAY.

THE TRIP WAS EPIC, EVERY PART. THE GROUP OF US I BELIEVE THERE WERE SIX OF US, WAS AN EXCELLENT COMBINATION. THE FOOD WE MADE, THE INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF BOOZE WE DRANK MORNING NOON AND NIGHT. THE HYPNOTIZING WATER, THE PEOPLE, THE FEELING OF BEING FREE. THIS FEELING WAS THE BEST ONE OF ALL, AND ONE I REALIZED I HAD NEVER REALLY FELT BEFORE. I FELT AWAKE, ALIVE, AND EXHILARATED. AT ONE POINT I GOT SO SICK OF MY CELL PHONE RINGING I CHUCKED IT RIGHT INTO THE OCEAN, COULD HAVE JUST TURNED IT OFF BUT I WAS IN A ZONE. A ZONE OF NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FOOD YOU EAT, BUT THE ENJOYMENT OF WHO YOU ATE IT WITH. A ZONE WHERE LIFE TAKES ITS TIME AND THE ONLY THINGS THAT MATTER ARE FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS. A ZONE FROM THAT MOMENT ON I NEW I WOULD BE LONGING FOR FOREVER. I WAS HOOKED.

THE LAST DAY OF OUR TRIP WE WERE ON AN ISLAND NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO SEE, BUT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY, ANEGADA. A PLACE WITH TEAL SEA AND PURPLE SKIES, WHERE THE FLAMINGOS ROAM, THE BARS ARE RUN BY FAMILIES WITH BIG SMILES, AND WHERE THE EUROPEAN ABSINTH FLOWS FREELY. CAN YOU TELL THIS WAS MY FAVORITE SPOT? THE MORNING WE LEFT ONLY THREE OF US WERE UP FOR THE SUNRISE. MYSELF, KEVIN, AND KEVIN'S BEST FRIEND TRAVIS WHO I NOW CONSIDER A BROTHER. I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS MORNING. WE WERE LISTENING TO "MAMA I'M COMING HOME" WITH TEARS IN OUR EYES, IT WAS COMING TO AN END, WHICH OF COURSE ALL THINGS DO. THIS IS WHEN I DECIDED I WANTED MORE, WAY MORE I WANT TO DO THIS AS A WAY OF LIFE, AND IF CHILDREN WOULD BE IN THE MIX, WELL HELL LUCKY THEM.

FAST TRACK TO YEARS LATER KEVIN AND I WERE MARRIED WE HAVE TWO LITTLE BOYS AND WE ARE LIVING IN SUN VALLEY IDAHO. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES ON THE PLANET. WE DID EVERYTHING YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE HAD THE RINGS, THE BABIES, AND THE DREAM HOUSE. ONLY ONE VERY LARGE PROBLEM WE WERE BORED, DYING FOR ADVENTURE. AND AFTER A FEW DRINKS WE FIGURED IF WE SELL OUR HOME AND MOST OF THE SHIT YOU ACCUMULATE AND NEVER USE, WE COULD COMFORTABLY BUY OUR DREAM BOAT A 40FT LAGOON CATAMARAN AND SAIL AWAY WITH OUR KIDS TO SHOW THEM THE WORLD AND LIVE OUR DREAM. KIND OF HARD TO EXECUTE LIVING IN IDAHO, NOT MANY OCEANS THERE.

SUMMER OF 2015 WHILE ON A CAMPING TRIP WE DISCUSS AND DECIDE WE ARE GOING TO PULL THE TRIGGER AND CHARLESTON WILL BE THE PLACE TO BEGIN OUR JOURNEY. A TOTALLY NEW EXPERIENCE WITH PLENTY OF GOOD FOOD OPPORTUNITY AND OF COURSE AN OCEAN. I OFFICIALLY BECAME A CHARLESTON RESIDENT SEPT 12, 2015. SO FAR, IT'S BEEN THE BEST HAIR TRIGGER DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. WE HAVE MADE AMAZING FRIENDS, THERE ARE ENDLESS THINGS TO EXPLORE, AND ABOVE ALL KEVIN HAS ACCOMPLISHED A DREAM OF HIS OWN, HIS MASTER CAPTAINS LICENSE. WE ARE HOPING AND PLANNING TO OWN OUR BOAT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR PUSHING OFF IN THE FALL OF 2017. LOOK OUT WORLD THE KLINGES' ARE COMING FOR YA, ON OUR OWN DAMN BOAT! 

 

 

 

THE GALLEY WHERE ARE THE FOOD MAGIC HAPPENS!

 

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