It’s mid-afternoon as I step off the dingy into thigh deep water.
The bottom is sandy with the odd weed. Justin kills the motor as I escort the dingy toward the beach, gentle waves surge us forward. Two little passengers look eagerly as the sandy playground approaching. After a day of being boat-bound energy must be burnt. The dingy grounds to a halt and two yellow life jackets containing kids are plucked out and instantly start running, euphoric in freedom. Meanwhile, Justin and I contemplate the 100m we need to drag the dingy to above the high water mark. (Who needs exercise?) We don’t care, though, at least we’ve hit land safely.
An hour earlier we tried to get ashore on a rocky exposed beach at the opposite end of the bay. For that journey we left the kids with their grandparents while we went on a reccy. I was so busy spotting rocks just below the surface that I nearly missed seeing we were on the edge of the break zone for a set of waves rolling in. We made it ashore with adrenalin pumping. Alas, too dodgy to do with kids. Parenthood has made us drearily risk adverse. Now to pick our way back among the rocks and waves to break the bad news.
The afternoon’s experiences sum up how I feel about the whole boat life right now. One moment I’m so proud of us for trying to live our dreams, the next I’m wondering how we think we can do this? Boat work at times requires two people (eg: anchoring, lowering the dingy) but two young kids that can’t swim require CONSTANT supervision. Even, I, an eternal optimist is doubting we can do this with our limited experience. Advise welcome. For now we have Justin’s parent’s onboard but this won’t last forever. Can we really do this? Can we? I don’t know, but I guess we’ll find out…
And yes, there are 6 people living in a 12m floating home.
Here are three highlights from the start of our journey:
Re-exploring Ko Muk, and island we fell in love with 5 years ago. It was great to be back.
2. Exchanging 3 squid for 3 beers with a Thai fishing boat. Hmmm calamari! Sorry no pictures of this, I missed the whole exchange due to an ill timed toddler toilet trip.
3. The kids not only surviving but thriving in their new little home, they just LOVE it.