“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Up until a week ago, I’d never slept on a boat. I’d been on speedboats, rowboats, ferries and on the occasional evening cruise around San Francisco. I’ve even hung out and watched TV on a friend’s houseboat. But I had never been on a boat for more than a couple of hours. And I had certainly never seen the sun rise from the deck of a boat. Never fell asleep to the sift sounds of waves lapping at your head.
Not that I had anything against staying on a boat, the opportunity had never presented itself to me. Growing up, we just weren’t boat people. But in the last few years my dad has taken up boating and has certainly fell in love with it. So it was certainly a big deal when he decided to charter his first bog boat and take part in the third annual Delta Doo Dah. The Delta Doo Dah is an event put on by the magazine Latitude 38 and is basically a fleet of ships that travel from the San Francisco bay and into the California Delta for a weeklong adventure on the Delta.
When he invited us to join him and his crew (my stepmom, brother & niece) I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t sure how my kids would do on a boat for a few days, and it was something so foreign to me as well. But I knew that saying no wasn’t an option. Who am I to turn down an adventure?
So the kids and I made the drive to Bethel Island on the Delta and met up with the boat for our first voyage.
It didn’t take long for us to build up our sea legs. We hung out on the deck & played quite a bit of cards but mostly we hung out in the water. We slept all huddled together with the sound of the water and wind lulling us to sleep.
In the morning I could see the soft pink in the sky through the port window. I threw on my sweatshirt and went out onto the deck. Not a soul was around, just me and the birds and the pink sky that was making way for the sun. As I watched the sunrise from the boat, I felt a part of something. I wondered how many people had watched the sunrise over the water. I knew that it was one of those soul-changing moments.
The kids were amped up to ten the whole time we were on the boat, I think on some level they thought that being on a boat automatically meant we were leaving as pirates. But that’s OK, after all we are reading Treasure Island, what else are they supposed to think?
I will definitely hitch a ride with my dad at next year’s Delta Doo Dah, or any other boating trip we’re invited to. I look back over through the pictures from our trip, I think the biggest lesson I learned was more of a reminder; that no matter how old or boring our lives may seem, the adventures never end. The magic never ends as long as we’re always willing to try something new. Especially if we drag our kids along on those new adventures with us.
When was the last time YOU tried something new? Tell me about your adventure!