We’ve really needed a relaxing family vacation for a while, and with time counting down to the big trip, we also need to make sure that the family is up for extended sailing. Last night, after weeks of thinking about these two items individually a plan popped into my head that married both of these concerns into a harmonic union.
This morning I asked Ruby if she would like to go sailing for the week after Christmas. She asked a bunch of probing questions – “Can I bring my dolls?” and “What will we do about pirates” – and when she was satisfied with the answers, wholeheartedly supported the plan.
Miles was a push over by comparison. As soon as the word ‘sailboat’ passed my lips he started shouting “Take me, Take me” and rushed off to pack his backpack. The only downside is that he then spent the rest of the morning getting very anxious whenever anyone touched his pack 🙂
So, with a light heart, and no reproach from Vick, I made arrangements to charter a Jeanneau Sunfast 35 out of Marina Del Rey. We’ll sail out to Catalina Island on the 26th and decide what to do from there. We may stay put and enjoy some gunkholing or head north to Channel Islands National Park. A lot will depend on the kiddos ambition and cooperation.
Comment by Dad
Dad November 23, 2009 at 11:43 am
This is a great idea. There’s nothing like “try before you sail”!
Comment by Gramora
Gramora November 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Ditto from me…but I need to know what a two year old packs in his backpack!
Comment by David Drazen
David Drazen November 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm
Excellent! Sounds like it will be an adventure. We’ll be in SoCal as well, but landlocked (not that I was planning on sailing or anything).
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