Sunset Sail

We arrived back home in San Diego in the wee hours of the morning after a wonderful month in Aruba.

Unpacking the family, four loads of laundry, three grocery stores, mail sorting, phone calls, cooking, cleaning, and a few dishes later, there’s nothing quite like coming home after a vacation. I need a vacation after it.

On one of our last nights in Aruba we went on a Sunset Sail. Scott and I used to go on them all the time and usually by the time the sun is actually setting, I don’t even care because I’ve been riding around in circles on a boat for two hours and have taken full advantage of the open bar. Plus, I’m pretty sure there will be another sunset tomorrow that I can catch.

I took this with my iPhone and edited it because with sunset photography and the glare from the sun, the reflection from the water, and the movement from the boat, I was just happy to get anything in focus.

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And I was way too busy watching Skylar have the time of her life.

She went from Shirley Temples to Virgin Pina Coladas, and back again, twice. She was well-hydrated and we learned how to use sea toilets.

There was a dancefloor and she danced up a storm for almost two hours.

It was so fun to watch her let her hair down. And holy tangles after the wind was done with it after a few hours on a boat.

There was a hole cut out from the bottom of the sailboat for a trampoline and although it doesn’t look like a biggie, when the boat is clipping along at more than a few knots, and the water is splashing and those ropes are tied fairly wide apart, Skylar said, “No way, Mom!”

I jumped on it for about 30 seconds and I love roller coasters, down hill skiing, and dare-devil stuff but I guess I’m getting old because a sea tramp was giving me sweaty palms.

Skylar has already asked to go on another sunset sail on our next trip.

Sure thing honey. Right after I fold all this laundry.

Since being back on U.S. soil, I wasted no time in making some Homemade Peanut Butter.

When I was at TJ’s earlier today, I picked up more peanuts because I can almost guarantee one batch won’t last more than a few days. I’ve been in peanut butter withdrawals.

Have you ever taken a sunset sail or been on a cruise? Do you like boating?

I have only been on one cruise and I felt a little cooped up. Two or three hours is more my speed than 5 to 7 days.

I love being on boats on lakes or the ocean for a few hours at a time and feeling the wind in my hair, maybe having a drink or two, and just taking a big, deep, breath because there is nothing like the water, the views, the sun and the wind, to make me instantly slow down and just say, Ahhhh.

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50 comments on “Sunset Sail”

  1. Can’t remember the last time I was on a boat. Don’t hate ’em, don’t love ’em. It’s just not something I think about.

  2. I have never been on a cruise. I think the only time I have ever been on a boat was on a Sternwheeler for a dance when I was in middle school. But it didn’t really feel like I was really on a boat. It sounds like fun!

  3. Your trip sounds so incredible.. and your daughter is drop.dead.gorgeous :) She looks like such a free spirit! Love sailing, but I do get a little seasick… took some smaller boat on very choppy oceans in Italy in extreme heat… not pretty! No cruises for me.

    • Thank you – we think so too, of course :) But she’s a TOTAL free spirit at age 5 if that’s possible and just super happy go lucky, easy, calm, honestly I count my BLESSINGS every day b/c she’s really so easy (knock on wood!) :)

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  5. I have done a few sunset sails and dinner cruises, but never a big cruise. I like being on a boat.

  6. unpacking…ugh…isn’t that always the feeling a vacation from your vacation. loved all the pics.

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