The most curious, and yet one of my favourite things about travelling solo, is that I tend to become a different version of myself – care-free, spontaneous, and much more courageous. I’m still me, my personality stays in tact, but I’m inspired to push myself into new adventures.
If I’m being honest here, I have never been a big water person.
I can appreciate the salty air, and watch the waves roll in and out to sea, and even enjoy a little dip here and there – but if there’s an option other than being in, on, or around water, I’ll take it. It’s just not my thing. Sand is annoying and messy, and some traumatising near-drowning experiences, along with a couple of nasty eel bites in my early childhood, were enough to turn me right off the idea of swimming.
As for boats, I’d had only one experience at a young age from what I can recall, and it wasn't a good one: a cold, rainy night, on which we took a dinghy out to board a catamaran – where I proceeded to concentrate on keeping my dinner down.
But sailing – well sailing, I’d never tried. The idea though, had always intrigued me. So when a friend offered to take us out on Lake Union during my latest visit to Seattle, I jumped at the chance.
See? Travelling = adventurous Tammie.
I was a little nervous as I boarded the humbly-sized sail boat, but I soon discovered – I really like sailing!
It was a sunny spring day, and the water was calm. We cruised around the harbour, taking in the Seattle skyline while drinking La Croix (LIFE CHANGING YOU GUYS), and I tried my first oyster – another adventurous pursuit that I wouldn’t normally take. Can’t say I liked it as much as the sailing though. I stuck with the corn chips instead.
We drifted past the house boats, some quaint, some grand, and one from Sleepless in Seattle. Locals sat on their decks, enjoying the sunshine and one of the first warm days of the year.
Once the sun had set and the cool bite of northwest air settled in, we docked and called it a day. And what a beautiful day it was.
Sailing in Seattle is a pretty special thing.