Arion Adventure.

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Day one aboard the Arion,

So I fnally made it aboard the Arion and I am sitting in the cockpit enjoying the beauty of the Whitsundays.

After a little bit of frustration missing my ferry to Shute harbour I finally arrived and spent my first night on the water. I’m not sure how long I’m going to stay yet but I have bought a one way ticket so I guess I’ll be staying until I get kicked off.

The Arion is a very basic little boat for the two of us but in some ways she already feels like home. She has all the creature comforts of home with the added bonus of having one of the most amazing backyards I have ever seen.

She isn’t the most styling of vessels but she has a true charm all of her own, even her Junk rig is a throw back to my Asian heritage. We motored out of Shute harbour today and then once we were clear of the islands with a little wind we set the sail and enjoyed the peace and the calm. We haven’t made much progress but without a schedule and anywhere urgent to be, sailing around in circles still feels like progress to me.

There is something about the sea, the wind, and the sunshine that has made a real difference to my spirit already. The chances for photography here are amazing and to be so connected to nature and the earth again makes me smile. I have only been on the water for half a day and I have already seen fish and whales. It’s far more of a treat to see them out here than it would be to see them in any aquarium or on TV.

I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to make blog posts though I suspect that with the reception up here being pretty good it will be more often then I had thought. Graham my guide has been at sea nearly all his life, the Arion is strong and safe and I feel like this adventure is going to be something that I keep with me all my life.

Hopefully my laptop wont let me down. It tingles when I plug it in to the boats power and it makes my thumbs tingle. I can only type a little at a time before the battery runs out because I won’t use it while its pluged in to the main power for fear of a fiery death. But then all great adventures have risk. So many of my friends loaded me up with their worries when I spoke to them about this trip. Do you know the guy well? Is the boat safe? Oh your going to get so bored. Bah… Only the best adventures come with uncertainty. I would be far less happy trapped in an airconditioned bus on a 5 star tour than I could ever be bouncing along the waves aboard Arion. Meeting new people and actually experiencing a place is far different from just viewing it out the window.

I feel inspired again and slightly more at peace with myself and it’s only the first day. I’m sure there will be plenty of adjustments and challenges to make to my life here even if it only for a short time, but I wanted to get back to the basics of life and to discover what was really important to living again. Graham has very little space aboard the Arion and it is far from the glamourous visions that so many have of sailing and what life should be, but far removed from the consumerist hustle and bustle of mainstream life, Graham is incredibly happy with his existence and even after only half a day on board I can understand why.

We are working our way to Sid harbour and then on to Whitehaven beach, when we will arrive I don’t know nor do I even care, it’s the journey now that matters.

6 thoughts on “Arion Adventure.

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm
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    Sounds like a great adventure! Enjoy yourself!

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  • September 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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    From my early teens through my mid thirties, I sailed regularly, first in my brother’s boat, then in my Dad’s. We participated in the sailboat races that were held every weekend. Even for the six hours or less on the water for each race, the change from life ashore was great — a complete change of pace, leaving all the everyday activities behind. Often the winds were gentle enough that it was also peaceful; but when they became stronger, it was exhilarating.

    You are indeed fortunate to be able to enjoy such a beautiful break from your normal life ashore.

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  • September 12, 2013 at 1:40 am
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    I like that view of your legs. 🙂

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  • September 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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    I am so glad that you are starting to feel better in yourself. Do you leave your bf at home or did I miss something? Anyways be safe and enjoy, happy sailing, sailor boy.

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  • September 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm
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    you’re in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, if not the world and with the advantage of not having to deal with any tourists!! I’ve spent a lot of time up that way and is definitely one of my favourite locations ~ enjoy!

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  • September 14, 2013 at 3:04 am
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    So glad your having what sounds like a wonderful trip away from the hurly-burly of modern urban life. Relax and Enjoy! Love the tweet of you in red 2winks. Hopefully Graham is as keen to keep photographing you as I am to view you in such natural and sexy locations and poses. Graham is a very lucky chap to have you to share the trip with!

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