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#tbt // sail away to the bahamas

Throwing it back today because this vacation was a trip of a lifetime, and I never blogged about it. 

Three years ago this week, Nick and I set sail with six friends from Key West to the Bahamas. For seven days, we sailed aboard a 42-foot catamaran around the Caribbean near the Bahamas, soaking up sunshine, relaxing and completely disconnected from the world. We still have to pinch ourselves that we actually went on this trip… it seems like a dream! And, other than my horrendous seasickness the first night – OMG… dry heaves on deck while staring at the lights of Miami and Orion’s Belt nearly all night – it was pure bliss. 

With that, our sail in photos!

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And, we’re off!

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Sunrise near Bimini after pulling an all-nighter of seasickness.

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I read a lot, including Wild and Quiet.

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How does water this color exist?!

The highlights

Um, everything! Not even sure where to start… the fresh conch and fresh tuna, straight from the ocean. Hours of card games. The stars… the stars! Even though I grew up in a tiny town with zero city lights, I’ve never seen as many stars as I did as we anchored in the ocean. 

Other highlights: Running a couple times on Bimini (in the middle of Ironman Canada training), Nick attempting to spearfish, swimming with stingrays, swimming in the Gulf Stream (in the clearest azure water!), sailing through a storm, the sunsets! 

The trip wasn’t without issues, though. We somehow broke not one, but two anchors. After the second one, we stopped again at Bimini and thankfully met a Colorado couple who had an extra anchor – and, let us have it. And, during our last night, sailing back to Florida, the cat’s GPS stopped working. Nothing like navigating from a book! 

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This was a little creepy.

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Our own private deserted island.

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Obligatory headstand. 

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This was incredibly claustrophobic! 

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Nick swimming some laps – with some stingray company.

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We anchored a couple nights in Honeymoon Harbor.

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Coffee tastes best on a cat in the middle of the ocean.

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Afternoon storm.

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In the Gulf Stream – hanging on tight so we didn’t drift away! The current was INSANE. Really wish we would have had a GoPro to capture just how incredibly clear the water was.

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Pirates of the Caribbean.

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I would take this house.

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  • Amy
    04/07/2016 at 8:00 am

    Holy moly–what a beautiful post to have pop up in my morning feed. This must have been an incredible adventure…thanks for sharing!

    • erin
      04/08/2016 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks, Amy! One of the best adventures for sure :)

  • Mom
    04/07/2016 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful!!! Fun to see these pictures again!

    • erin
      04/08/2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Mom! Wish we could redo this trip!

  • Caitlin
    04/07/2016 at 11:31 am

    My life will not be complete until I get to do this. Wow.

    • erin
      04/08/2016 at 5:43 pm

      Yes, go if you ever get the opportunity! Maybe we should plan a Coeur gals Florida trip?! ;)

  • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats
    04/07/2016 at 10:56 pm

    So.Much.Fun!!!! Gorgeous!!!

    • erin
      04/08/2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you, Leslie!

  • Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard
    04/14/2016 at 9:55 am

    What a great holiday! And beautiful photos. I vaguely remember when you went on it – I can’t believe it’s been 3 years!

    • erin
      04/14/2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you, friend! I KNOW! I can’t believe it was three years ago… feels like yesterday… :)

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