To say this adventure has been a long time coming would be an understatement.
The way in which the journey has unfolded and evolved into a family affair may not have been the original intention – but with the kids all happily married, seven terrific grand kids to dote over, mum and dad knew it was time to make their dreams come true.
I’ve said it before, but as long as I can remember my dad (Col), a retired Royal Australian Navy and Vietnam veteran, has talked of one day retiring on a yacht and cruising the world. It may have taken him a lifetime to convince mum (Pam) that it would be a much more interesting way to spend their senior years than on a rocking chair on the patio, but for Mike and I it took a lot less convincing… hell to be truly honest I think we pretty well invited ourselves… Having us along will not only answer the extra crew issue, but will hopefully help mum get over her anxiety, particularly after she has always described herself as someone who gets seasick at the picture of a wet lawn.
Fast forward several decades of hard work; countless hours of research, discussions and web surfing; several international trips and near purchases; sketches and bold ideas; diligent saving and daydreaming; and two bouts of different cancers later – dad’s dream is moments away from being realised. Along with his loving and devoted wife Pam by his side, plus Mike and I along for the ride – life is almost packed in boxes and storage, and soon we will be on our way.
From time to time we hope you’ll check in and join us on this completely open-ended, no-set itinerary journey. I’m not much of storyteller and my photography skills are amateur at best – but no better time than the present to brush up. Time will certainly be on our side. I’ve kicked started the “family” blog here – but leave the pages open for interpretation and first-hand experiences from my fellow crew members. And so begins a new chapter of life at sea!
First stops: Split and Sibenik, Croatia – March 6, 2013.
Here are some fav snaps from Mike & my first visit to Croatia back in summer 2006.