May 17th, 2015: The Lofgren Family Fun on Tumbleweed

by Sara on May 17, 2015

I have to summarize our time with the Lofgren family. I had no time to write while they were here. They were on the boat for 14 total days and we sailed 417 NM in that time. It was unlike any other visitors we have had on Tumbleweed. Having 7 people onboard, with 3 of them being under the age of 9, filled the boat with a air of exuberance that we have not experienced before. The boys swam every single day. Every day there were at least 10 new adventures, experiences, exploits and/or escapades. We sailed A TON of miles in a short amount of time. I was worried about how the boys would handle the downtime of sailing but they were champs. They were only a little sea sick on the first day when we had 15-foot waves. They filled most of our sailing time with fishing, reading, homework or lounging. Every afternoon was filled with a new swimming adventure, a snorkel adventure, beach play time or town exploration. We almost sank the dinghy once, which even got a little scary, but we all persevered. We saw more sharks in this 2 weeks then Chris and I have seen in our 3.5 years. The boys swam with sting rays and we saw the swimming pigs of Major Cay in the Bahamas. We dove into the Thunderball Grotto and then the boys watched the old 1970’s James Bond movie, Thunderball, with enthusiasm. The snorkeling was below average from what we have seen in our travels but to the Lofgren’s it was all new and amazing. The beaches were beautiful and the towns were unique. We swam in Dean’s Blue Hole in Clarence Town on Long Island where free divers were swimming down 90 meters in 3 minutes and 20 seconds. We explored bat filled caves and got free mangos and coconuts from the nice local man that gave us the cave tour. One night on Staniel Cay I returned back to the boat with Finley and the boys while Chris, Neal and Catrina stayed out for the evening. They arrived home after 2am with stories about Captain Phil, the Sunreef catamaran called Maverick, Chris falling into the dinghy, and then Neal falling into the shark infested marina water. I think they had fun! icon wink May 17th, 2015:  The Lofgren Family Fun on Tumbleweed

Here is a list of the islands we hit in 14 days: Mayaguana, West Plana Cay, Crooked Island, Long Island, Stocking Island, Great Exuma Island, Big Farmers Cay, Staniel Cay, Big Major Cay, Wardrick Wells Cay, and Highborn Cay.

After 2 weeks on the boat we finally arrived at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau on New Providence Island. The Atlantis is a huge establishment that takes up a whole island. It has hotels, shopping, walk through aquariums, lagoons and ponds full of rays and fish, they have a lagoon of dolphins to swim with, there is beaches and a marina. The main attraction for us was the waterpark with waterslides, lazy rivers, and pools galore. The temple of doom is a straight down water slide that ends with you sliding though a tunnel of sharks! It was super fun!

The Lofgren’s stayed in a hotel (and enjoyed the unlimited water for showers) while we stayed on Tumbleweed in the Atlantis Marina. I think it was a great ending to the Lofgren’s trip. I am sad to see this crazy family leave, but as we are nearing the end of our trip, I know we will see them back in Bozeman soon. Finley will miss her Elliot and Oliver immensely. She would scream Elliot’s name out from her bed a night when she didn’t want to sleep for fear of missing out on the activities. Well, she would roll her tongue on the double “L’s” in his name and call him, “Ellie, Ellie, Ellie.” It was adorable.

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