If you told me 10 years ago that I would turn into my parents, I would have laughed. Although my years of spending summers exploring the seemingly endless bays, fjords, and waterways of BC’s coast, shaped me, my high heels and nail polish at the time would suggest otherwise.
I’ve been through all the phases: Teacher’s Pet, Girly-Girl, Jock, Yogi, Mountain Climber, and now I seemed to have settled into a younger version of my parents. I really shouldn’t be surprised; it’s inevitable.
After crossing the Pacific and back with my dad in 2016 (see previous blogs, #ProjectPacific), I felt as though I was missing something. Enter boat #1, a 30ft. NorthStar 1000. I poured my heart (and bank account) into Sula over the summer of 2016, but my dream of the South Pacific somehow didn’t feel any closer.
I started searching the inter-webs, researching what makes an offshore boat and why Sula isn’t the one to take me on this wild journey. I know, I probably should have done that research before I bought the boat (hmm, sounds like something my parents would do). In this search, I found a Jason 35 who called my name. Enter boat #2: Spray (previously named Aislyn).
I somehow managed to sell Sula in 4 days and somehow convinced the bank to give me money. Already, the romanticized turquoise waters and palm trees of the South Pacific felt that much closer.
In the midst of my attempt to learn how to be a diesel mechanic and be responsible for more than just myself, I fell in love. No love story is simple and ours definitely falls into the more complicated category. In fact, we fell in love in a hospital bed.
After a life-altering skydiving accident (yes, the parachute did open), Tyler found himself on the road to recovery as a real life pirate! Thank goodness prosthetics have advanced since the days of pirating.
So here we are, a girl, a pirate, a sailboat, and I can’t forget Kirra, a dog! I’ll be posting progress updates on YouTube, this blog, and my Instagram (@fromsnowtosail), if you would like to follow along this crazy journey of a dream I just can’t shake. I guess turning into my parents isn’t so bad after all 😉