IN THE FIELD: Shiver Me Timbers

In a previous post [] I described a small bit of my adventure on the Intercoastal Waterway. We saw watercraft of all shapes and sizes during our travels, but when we saw this ship early one morning we joked about how it looked like a pirate ship.

Since our youngest crew member was an eight year old boy and was totally fascinated with pirates, we pretended the buccaneers were still sleeping off the previous nights pillaging and rabble rousing. We told him no one was keeping watch and they would not notice our passing. But if someone had seen or heard us they would have sounded the alarm and subjected us to the pirates’ colorful language and less than civil behavior. And then they would have boarded and raided our boat

We pretended that the pirates most likely would have taken all our provisions consisting of seven pounds of fresh shrimp, three dozen eggs, some packages of carrots and celery, several jars of peanut butter and jelly, four loaves of bread and the multiple jugs of wine. And if we were really lucky they would not find our stash of numerous packages of Pecan Twirls and the full case of family size cans of Dinty Moore Stew. We kept up the fantasy going for quite sometime…after all, what would a boat trip be without make-believe pirates?

  1. tedgriffith
    July 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    And who’s to say they were not aboard, just like you said! Great shot, full of color! πŸ™‚

    • July 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      They must have in a pretty deep sleep!!! Tough night I guess…

  2. July 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    You need to walk the plank for stringing your kids along. Hahahaha! πŸ™‚ I love the photo. πŸ™‚

    • July 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Arrrrrrr but he wasn’t my kid, actually he is my brother in-law’s son so I got to pull a fast one and then give him back! I remind him of that time now and again and he say he’ll get me back someday. Uh oh…

  3. July 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Arrrrrr…hand over the wine and nobody gets keelhauled πŸ™‚

    • July 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Man o man I wouldn’t want to live through that…take all the wine…take everything!!!

  4. July 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Cool pirate ship photo, and cool story! It’s nice for kids to have memories like this, and even we adults need to be kids sometimes!
    I’m a volunteer wishgranter for a major wishgranting charity for children with life threatening illnesses, and I had a child wish for a pirate ship playhouse a few years ago. That was a fun wish to work on. Delivering the playhouse was the first time I saw a smile on his face since meeting him. He even got a cool pirate costume to go with his playhouse.

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Wow what a great experience and an honorable thing to do…I think you made a small boy very very happy!

  5. July 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    arggh, matey you know how to let the imagination go on a sail. The young lad sure must think you are the best uncle ever.

    • July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

      We had him going for quite some time. He’s a great kid…I have to find the photo I took of him driving the boat at full throttle across Pamlico Sound. He really startled a few other boaters when they saw who was driving the boat. Funniest looks I’ve ever seen!

      • July 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        that would be funny!

  6. July 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I wished to sail with her…. Wonderful. Thanks and Love, nia

    • July 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Yes me too!! I think it would be a lot of fun sailing on the high seas!!!

  7. Jo Woolf
    July 17, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Sounds as if you actually believed the story more than the young lad!?!! πŸ™‚ Lovely photo!

    • July 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Well, I guess I do have a rather vivid imagination…or it was the previous evening’s indulgence in wine talking…it sure was the greatest adventure I’ve ever been on!

  8. July 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Sounds like you had fun! πŸ™‚

    • July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      It’s a trip I will never forget! If you ever have the opportunity to go on a private boat for several days or weeks…no matter what it takes…DO IT!

      • July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Believe me, I WILL πŸ˜€

  9. July 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Great post, David, what a lot of fun! Just sent you an email. πŸ™‚

    • July 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks Donna, it was an unbelievable time. Anyone who enjoys being on the water should make the trip, or any part of it if they can! I got your e-mail and a reply is in the works…on the laptop right now and haven’t set up e-mail on it yet. Stay tuned…

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