Velocir (veh-lah-sir) noun: a 27-foot Albin Vega manufactured in 1973, built to survive the most awesome adventures life can throw at her.
My parents bought Velocir in 2015, and since then, she's sailed the gnarliest waves of Lake Erie and cruised the clearest waters of the Bahamas. Though my mom and dad are her main visitors in Lake Erie, all four of us board Velocir to island hop the Bahamas. This is the second winter we will be calling Velocir our home as we sail the Bahamas as far as the wind can take us.
When we told others that we are taking four months out of the winter to sail the Bahamas, the common reaction was, "Take me with you!"
We'd laugh, "Yeah? Well, it's four of us on a 27-foot boat."
Our friend's smiles fell, eyes wide. "For four months?"
"Yep, four people, four months, one boat. "
The nature of the conversation completely changes. One minute we are the luckiest people alive, the next, we are the craziest people alive. Truth is, we're both!
It takes a crazy kind of love to poop in a bucket while your family is *literally* a few feet away from you, well aware of what you're doing. There are no doors, no flushable toilets, and no privacy--unless you count the occasional loosely draped towel between you and everyone else as privacy.
But that's only one side of the coin. On the other side, we can search for coconuts on an abandoned island and dive the clearest, bluest water in the world. We can greet dolphins at the bow of Velocir and eat fresh-caught lobster mac n cheese!
As a family, we dream of meeting new people, discovering new tastes, and exploring new territory, but to reach this dream, we have to sacrifice our comfort and some parts of our sanity. :) Replace the idea of "vacation" with the idea of "adventure," because the greatest adventures always have the greatest risks and--if you can whether the storm--the greatest rewards.
My parents have taught me all this. In part, with words, but mostly with action. My sister and I have always been along for the ride, helping where we can and soaking in all the lessons and treasures. Just like Mom and Dad bring us along, Life Out Loud is bringing everyone along for the ride...and what a wild ride it is.
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