Kathy and Melissa's Trip of a Lifetime! travel blog

Our home for a week

our berth on the boat

our daily swim

church on Vis Island, reminded us of the mission churches in California

This is the island's public works street sweeper (broom and pan) working...

reminded me of the liberty bell

Melissa hanging out on the boat at the dock

"Blue Cave" on island of Korcula. The grotto only displays the turquoise...

water upclose

clear blue water

view of opening from inside the cave

our sailboat "Bozioer" on Korcula Island

Melissa and Louis in SF

Louis at the Palace of Fine Arts

in SF

Point Reyes National Seashore

For the second half of our trip we set off on the sailboat, Bozioer, which is 97 years old and has been handed down from grandfather, father and then to son who just happened to be our captain. We all slept in small berths which had only two bunk beds and a small sink in the bowels of the booat. A little claustraphobic and rather warm, but we adjusted within a couple of days. The weather for us was perfect and the water just beautiful. Each day was fairly the same in that we got up and ate breakfast, motored for 2 or 3 hours and then spent the rest of the morning swimming in a quiet cove. In the late afternoon we would motor to a harbor and spend the night in town. We got the chance to visit several islands (Brac, Vis and Korcula) before receiving information about an emergency back home. My niece, Melissa's cousin, had her baby, Samantha, a couple of weeks early and it was in a life and death struggle to survive. I wanted Scotty to "beam me up" immediately so that I was home with my family, but we were at least 2 days away on an island out in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. I don't think I have ever felt so helpless in my life.

The folks at the internet cafe let us make all our arrangements on their computers for free and we were able to get on a fast boat the following morning, fly several times and make it home within 2 days to find out Samantha was still in intensive care, but was doing much better. She is improving everyday and should be able to come home soon. The doctors all agree she was a medical miracle.

It is actually great to be home and know that we will be staying. Stability is a great thing and highly underrated. Living out of a suitcase for 13 months and constantly on the move was much harder than we thought it would be. Amazingly though, Melissa and I didn't kill each other and we're still friends. I can't imagine another human being I could spend 24 hours a day with, 7 days a week for over a year in highly difficult and stressful situations and still be speaking to each other on civilized terms. She was a great traveling partner, but I already knew that.

Now for the words about this trip being a "life altering experience". Nope, I'm still pretty much the same. Melissa on the other hand did go from being a student to a full grown independent adult right before my eyes. She is ready and eager to face the world and start her future.

What I did get from this trip were some wonderful memories in all the countries we visited. We met some fabulous people and made a lot of new friends. We got the priviledge of stepping into the pages of National Georgraphic, The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet all at the same time and experience some of the most incredible places and people in the world. I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything!!!

The website expires Sept. 18th. We would love to stay in contact with everyone. My email address is kamckenna5@gmail.com, while Melissa's is mmnewman30@hotmail.com. Thanks for traveling along with us!

take care,

Kathy and Melissa

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