Long Day on the Water

I finally convinced my wife to come out on the Nordic Breeze yesterday. The weather was supposed to be nice, I had cleaned the boat from top to bottom, and I even packed us snacks and a nice lunch to eat onboard. She tried to say no but I persuaded her with a bottle of wine and a reminder that she probably wouldn’t find a quieter place to read that great novel she’s been trying to get started. She really could not argue with my logic, and reminded me that I am a pretty good salesman when I am turning on the charm.

My wife is not the best early riser, so I had a cup of coffee waiting for her when her alarm went off. The ride to the boat was nice and quiet—there really was nobody on the roads and she wasn’t much for conversation. The pier was pretty quiet too. My wife knows enough about sailing to help me get the boat away from the dock and it was refreshing to have some help for a change. We got underway and she immediately went below decks for a nap. That was fine by me. I had us set up and moving at a good clip shortly after. It was a great day to be out on the water and we were rolling along at a good clip.

I found a nice quiet spot and settled in with a book for a while and waited for my wife to wake up. She stumbled back above decks about two hours later, mostly because she was hungry. We ate breakfast (her)/lunch (me). We had some nice conversations and enjoyed the scenery. It was nice to be able to talk without the daily distractions that go on at home. The tv, cellphones, that sort of thing. I probably dozed off in the sun after our little chat and she probably cracked open her book, which is how I found her when I woke up.

We mostly just relaxed. It was a really nice change of pace. We decided to go out to eat at a seafood restaurant that wasn’t too far away from our location. We got the boat situated and headed that way. We made it there just before sunset, so we stayed aboard to watch the sun go down. It was a beautiful sight and my wife took quite a few pictures. I chose to tell myself that was a good sign and proof that she was enjoying herself. Maybe she will come out with me more often. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded, so we were able to get a table outside. The breeze was nice and the evening was warm. Our food was delicious, too. It was a perfect evening, really.

After dinner, we headed back to the boat. I wanted to head back but she pointed out that I had made her a promise. I opened the bottle of wine, although if we drank two glasses total, it was a lot. I avoid drinking when I am on a boat, especially when I am the one steering, and she doesn’t often drink when I don’t. We docked and headed home for hot showers and to finally finish that bottle of wine.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day.