|Savannah at anchor in one of our favorite places|
When we sold our house, all of our stuff and bought Savannah, it was the hardest, scariest and most exciting thing we’ve ever done. After 10 years of planning and saving, w were finally realizing our goal of a five-year cruise around the world. Looking back, I guess we were kind of naïve on the timeline…after all, it is a great big world. Anyway, I agreed to six months in Mexico to see if I could, indeed live on a tiny boat with my husband and son 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Six months turned into a year and soon enough we found ourselves crossing the big scary ocean to tropical islands far away. At some point, Savannah became home and our little life of traveling from place to place via the ocean became normal. When asked how long we would sail, we quit quoting our five-year plan and instead said “when one of us isn’t having fun or we run out of money.”
|The morning we left San Diego.|
|3 days later, our approach to Isla Guadalupe|
Fast forward five years and we find ourselves only half way around the world. We’ve traveled to 16 different countries visiting some of the most remote places in existence and crossed the largest ocean in the world. We have seen and done some amazing things. While it’s not always an easy life, for the most part, we’re still happy and having fun. However, after many long hours of discussion and doing some math, the sad fact is that we have finally run out of money. It’s something we knew would happen one day, we just hoped it would be later and we’d be closer to home. We could probably get to South Africa, but then we’d be stuck without many appealing options. We’ve both stopped and worked before and while we could do that again, we don’t want to be separated again for so long (or in Andy’s case, get shot at). In reality, with the travel involved and living expenses, we really don’t ever save as much as planned and it ends up just being a long time apart.
|Our first bonfire in Mexico|
|Pirates in La Cruz, Mexico|
|Crossing the equator for the first time|
|Island kids (and Jake) in the Tuamotos|
|Jake, participating in the French Polynesian games|
at a school in the Tuamotos
In our effort to pretend to be responsible adults and avoid that ever growing population of people receiving gov’t assistance (Andy says we have a taste for fine cheddar, not gov’t cheese! Which may be part of the problem…), we have come to the very hard and sad reality that we need to put Savannah on the market here in Malaysia and go back to the United States to take a break. We’ll get jobs and settle down somewhere on the south east coast while we save up for our next adventure.
It’s been a hard couple of months. Jake “refused to allow it” when we first told him and there have been tears all around. But just like in the beginning, this is the hardest, scariest and most exciting thing we’ve done. They say the two happiest days of your life (aside from marriage and children, of course) is the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it. We’re trying to focus on the good things about selling, like being back with family, dishwashers, washing machines, The Big Green Egg, and Chick-fil-a!
|I believe this was in the Mortlocks in Micronesia|
|Christmas celebration in Lamotrek, Micronesia with the locals.|
|Our first anchorage after arriving in the Philippines|
I’m sure this won’t be my last post on the subject, but I’m going to try and not dwell on it all too much. There’s no point. In the meantime, we’re on the hard here in Thailand getting her all fixed up (being reminded of what BOAT stands for….Break Out Another Thousand) In between working on Savannah, we’ll try to squeeze in a little more fun before we actually list her. It’ll be a few weeks before it all happens so don’t abandon us just yet…I promise lots of honest, if not exciting posts on the trials and tribulations of wrapping things up.
|Feeding giraffes in the Philippines|
|Amazing vacation in Australia|
|Sailing to Thailand|