Jul 22

Adventures and Wonders of the Whitsundays

by in Australia

Everyone had told us the Whitsundays are special.  Seasoned sailors at home got that dreamy look when we mentioned our plans to come here.  Locals around Australia seemed to heartily approve when we mentioned our sailing plans.  Yet somehow, I don’t think we fully appreciated the brilliance of what was in store.  There’s something about the raw beauty, the best of nature without man’s interference, that seems to touch the soul.  And with that touch, it brings vision, clarity, connectivity, and strength.  Sharing in the magic — parents, children, friends — is intoxicating . . . something we each seem to intuitively know is inspirational, special.

We’ve wandered lazily around the islands, from idyllic inlets to breathtaking bays.  During our snorkels, we’ve discovered new worlds of corals, scores of glorious fish, and an occasional reef shark.  Hiking into the islands’ interiors, we’ve seen vistas that touch the soul, walked across sand that glistens like new snow at Whitehaven beach, and discovered indigenous creatures like the green bummed ants (whose bums, when licked, supposedly taste like lime sherbet, according to the backpacker guide we encountered on our walk).

Onboard the Sundancer, as we roam from point to point, we’ve settled into a relaxed cadence — glorious meals, spirited conversations about all manner of topics, and a peaceful enjoyment of solitude at sea.  The kids are inspired; they’ve embraced it with fervor, and pitch in at every point.  Dundee is first mate when it comes to prepping the dinghy for our snorkeling jaunts; Sacagawea is masterful at managing the laundry strung along the lines; and both have taken the helm to do dishes when their turn comes.   As we sat watching another brilliant sunset last night, Columbus and I exchanged that knowing look . . . these are the moments, the memories, that weave the fabric of our family.  We are blessed to be here.

Time to snorkel!

Time to snorkel!

 

Exploring Whitehaven

Exploring Whitehaven

 

Sacagawea at work

Sacagawea at work

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