A Prairie Girl’s Advice on Sailing
I want to thank Sian for the opportunity to see the view at “From High In the Sky!
I will never profess a love for large bodies of water… you see I grew up on the prairies in Western Canada where my more common childhood memories are of beautiful wheat fields dancing in the wind under clear blue skies, but most of our summer weekends were adventures planned by my parents. They included camping and fishing in our clear beautiful northern lakes. Now one might think that sounds like a lovely time but honestly, I believe this is where my fear of large bodies of water came… that story, however is not the one I am about to share with you today.
Six years ago Marvin and I had the pleasure of planning a 10 day Caribbean cruise for which I was sceptical as I had never been on one and I had some concerns… big concerns… like how was I going to deal with the motion sickness, more importantly, what if the boat sunk? I knew we were not travelling near any icebergs but hey… you never know eh?
My experience in planning this trip resulted in three very important suggestions I have for anyone who might have water related fears:
1) Do not listen to the news for at least 3 months prior to setting sail. Trust me… this is good advice! Shortly before we were to set sail I listened how a fire had started on the boat of the same cruise line we were to travel with… now just so you know, my second biggest fear after drowning, is a house fire... House fire or boat fire? I don’t know about you, but if my house was on fire – I would just jump out the window… not a problem… I might have a few broken bones, but isn’t that preferable to jumping in the water where who knows what is underneath you?!
2) Do NOT watch anything like “60 Minutes” or “W5” especially with stories on “Missing Persons” from ship vacations… oh yeah! After watching, not only was I worried about the boat sinking, but I became worried about falling off the boat in the dark of the night, and let me tell you when you are in the middle of the ocean, unless it is a full moon… it is VERY dark!
3) Never, and I mean NEVER watch the “Poseidon Adventure” (old or new version – the boat still sinks!). I think this one is fairly self-explanatory, and there is no reason to go into great detail on how only a handful of people survive after a Tsunami hurls the boat onto its side – see what I mean?!
I hope I haven’t scared you off too badly from sailing away on a cruise… and just so you know it’s really not all that bad… I actually love cruising, and now we are planning our third one this September – an Alaskan cruise… where there will be Icebergs!