On the last night of our family vacation, I sit here writing our family’s trip blog. It is a dark and stormy night, much like the drinks that have so lifted my spirits after hours of snorkeling. While I cannot say that I am currently drinking a “Dark and Stormy,” I must say that I have enjoyed several each night since I have been here. So here I sit in the cabin….rain all around…lightning from all sides… memorializing the first family trip we have had in eight years. I do not take this duty lightly. My fingers tremble as I press each letter and I grow constipated with each passing thought.
Do not get me wrong, the Caribbean is beautiful. It will leave you wide-eyed and open-mouthed. You will snorkel miles and see thousands of fish. Simply said, this trip is not for everyone. However, whether or not you have a good time depends on the people you come with. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Luckily enough for me, I came with my parents, who have been happily married for twenty-six years, and my sister, a recent college graduate. I say luckily because I love them dearly, and while I do not want to spend every waking moment with them, I can honestly say that I love them and getting to spend a few days with them without any AC is worth not spending the weeks that I have to spend in my cool apartment alone.
While my family took care of the AC issue, Captain Shane ensured that my belly was full with homemade bread, tropical fruits, and lest we forget the famous “Drink of the Day.” During our trip, Captain Shane was a welcome addition to our family. He made the trip much easier with excellent meals, an eccentric taste in music, and a passion for life which he is eager to share. Loving your family is an essential to living on a boat for several days, having a great captain is icing on the cake…..which Shane would be very happy to make for you.
Trips like these make stories, build character, and bring families together. Take them while you can.