While docked at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center we transformed Rode Trip into a pirate ship for some very special visitors. Brian and I have known friends, Kevin and Colleen, for five years. Interestingly, our relationship began as we all prepared to take wedding vows; we met at Engaged Encounter, a weekend preparatory retreat for engaged Catholic couples. Since Brian and I have been cruising, Kevin and Colleen have had a couple of adventures of their own…Keagan and Cassidy! We were thrilled to meet the kids and catch up with Kevin and Colleen in person.
Keagan was very excited to see the “cool pirate ship.” He put on his “pirate vest” to come aboard. We raised the “pirate flag” and Keagan announced, “Time to go!” We did not explain to Keagan why the pirate flag states, Time flies when you’re having rum, that will be a lesson much later during his pirate training. Keagan came well prepared with his spyglass and pirate sword. Inside the cabin, Keagan checked out the view from the portholes, and even tried the “pirate potty.” He seems to be adapting well to life at sea! Meanwhile, Cassidy was all smiles as she was passed from lap to lap.
We took a walk across the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Dismal Swamp State Park. At the Visitor Center, we learned all about black bears, snakes, beavers, turkeys, and squirrels. Keagan’s favorite exhibit was the taxidermy “animal statues.” We strolled along the boardwalk outside of the Visitor Center chatting away with Kevin and Colleen.
Back at the “pirate ship” we had a pizza party. Captain Brian demoted himself to “kitchen wench” and cooked a tasty meal while out on deck Keagan had the very important job of keeping the bugs away with these miraculous little fans that Colleen brought along. The grown up pirates enjoyed cold beers and lots of laughter.
We’re already looking forward to our next get-together!