Jul 18

“This is Awesome”

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Sydney Sundancer -- Our home in the Whitsundays. GBR

Sydney Sundancer -- Our home in the Whitsundays. GBR

 

 

Whales!

Whales!

 

 

Dundee comes face to face with a batfish on the GBR

Dundee comes face to face with a batfish on the GBR

 

Sunset from our perch on Whitsunday Island

Sunset from our perch on Whitsunday Island

Yep.  This is awesome.

Yep. This is awesome.

Sometimes, there are moments in life when words seem simply inadequate..incapable of capturing the moment’s magic and mystery.  Sacagawea discovered one of those moments this morning, eyes wide and dancing, as she said time and again, “this is awesome.”  The setting, the forward deck of our sailboat, perched amidst the Whitsunday Islands, as a pod of whales — two adults and two babies — spun synchronized pirouettes just off our port side.  Absolutely magical.  Raw, powerful, captivating… nature at its finest, and us just privileged enough to snag a glimpse.

our captain -- would you sail with him!

our captain -- would you sail with him!

And thus we awakened to our first morning in the Whitsundays, welcomed with open arms.  We came aboard yesterday, meeting up on Hamilton Island with our delightful hosts, John & Lynne, to set out on our week’s adventure aboard their spectacular 54′ sailboat, Sydney Sundancer.  They’ve been hosting private charters around the Reef for more than two decades, yet still have that special touch that immediately made us feel we’re the most wonderful guests they’ve had aboard.  A week on a live-aboard sailboat is a first for all of us, but with their gentle guidance, we’re quickly catching on.

 The Whitsundays are a cluster of 74 exquisite islands scattered about the Great Barrier Reef, with all but a handful of them completely raw and undeveloped.  It’s idyllic, one of those spots you dream about, and I find I’m pinching myself to believe we’re really here.  We sailed out of Hamilton Island Marina as the sun settled into the afternoon sky, and anchored in a beautiful little bay for the evening.  John ferried us by glass-bottom tender to the beach, where Lynne led us on a sunset walk up into the rainforest, through ancient trees and cackling kookaburras, and back onto another beach abit further up, where John and our chariot met us.  We watched the sun sink below the water’s edge from our trail perch above the beach, catching the palette of crimson and gold through a canopy of forest green.  This week will pass much too quickly, I realized with  regret.

The morning’s whales simply set the stage.  It’s still our first day onboard, and already we’ve enjoyed gourmet meals between our adventures of fishing, sailing, and — the first of what will be many highlight moments — snorkeling one of the naturally wondrous reefs of the area.  Sacagawea and Dundee proved to be naturals in the water, gliding between coral heads, spotting fish of all shape, size and color, and excitedly surfacing to report their latest amazing discovery.  We watched in awe as eagles swooped in to catch fish swimming near the surface as we snorkled, hoping they didn’t mistake us for a tasty morsel.  Then back at the Sundancer, Sacagawea and Dundee swam with batfish, not the least shy about swimming up to say hello.

And as I sit on the boat’s deck, watching the kids fish from the platform as they sing our bedtime favorite, “Glad to have a Friend Like You,” with the sun setting on the horizon beyond them, I find myself humming a different tune . . .”and I think to myself, it’s a wonderful world.”

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  1. From Christina G:

    This is a wonderful life, and I’m so happy to have a friend like you!

    Posted on July 23, 2009 at 8:16 am #

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