Chapter 12 – Epilogue – Mobile to Home
After travelling for 105 days by boat, we returned to Canada in just over four hours on a plane! Although I felt absolutely terrible about leaving Dennis to pick up the pieces, Nick and I were so relieved to be back on familiar ground.
We stayed at my sister’s house for two nights. It was a treat to have A BATH, ELECTRICITY, and REFRIGERATION! Nick played with his cousins while I made some arrangements to rent a car.
We had decided to go out west to Alberta and stay with my parents but all we really wanted to do was go home. Unfortunately, we had people renting our house and that turned out to be the biggest mistake of the entire trip. Not that the people wrecked the house or anything, but that had we been able to go home at some point for a couple of months and recuperate, we may have gotten further then we did. All I did was inconvenience the renters when I had to ask them to move out.
We drove to Parry Sound, grabbed our winter clothes and hastily drove up to Sudbury to see Dennis’ parents. Then, we went back to Burlington and boarded a flight out west.
We stayed in Canmore for six weeks while Dennis remained at Dead Lake Marina. Always being an enterprising person, he decided to sell the boat. It was too expensive to ship home so he called a broker who told him that it would take a year to sell.
Dennis pondered this for a few days, as well as a few other schemes—such as having a lottery for the boat– but came up with an excellent plan. He installed a phone on board, put advertisements in the local papers and sat around waiting for the calls to begin. Within two weeks, he had sold the boat! The man buying it got a very good deal. Everything was included—dinghy, motor, GPS…
Dennis spent the next couple of weeks getting ready to return to Canada and rented a U-Haul. It had to be large enough to put a sixteen foot day sailer in it. Dennis had traded our boat for a smaller one plus some nice green cash!
We all got home to Parry Sound for Christmas. Without a doubt, it was the best Christmas we had ever spent. It was such a relief to be finally home.
We learned a lot about ourselves, our abilities, our strengths and weaknesses and although I still feel very sad at times, at least I can say that we tried something different. Ever since I’ve known Dennis, we have dreamed of sailing away from our jobs and lives. We had even thought that when we retire, we would sell everything we own and take a world cruise. Our four month trip has certainly changed my perspective. Like many other beginning cruisers, we were too ambitious and naïve. But, at least I know now what it is like to be a liveaboard. It is a lot tougher than it looks and I admire anyone who can do it.