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.