Our time in the Airbnb only lasted a week, but it was a welcomed reprieve from our ordinary routine on the boat. It’s not that being on the boat is uncomfortable, it’s that it’s home. Being in the Airbnb felt like being on vacation. It was special.
The day after leaving the house, we returned to the GSPCA for our second day as volunteers. Our day was almost identical to the first time we came to the animal shelter: walk dogs and pet cats. The only difference is that we got to bathe a puppy before we left. We had to keep the small dog in the water for at least five minutes for his conditioner to set in. Afterward we got to hold the puppy wrapped in a towel. I kept rocking him back and forth like a baby.
It took us no time to settle back into our routine on the boat. We went back to chores, school, friends, repeat. I wasn’t too happy about having to do my chores again but even that was accepted again.
About two weeks later September began and with that came another birthday. Tanner was turning fourteen! We all got to vote on what we wanted to do for his birthday, which seems a little weird, but he was happy with any outcome. So, because of that we ended up at a bowling alley twenty minutes away from the marina.
I, for one, love bowling. That doesn’t mean I’m good. I got a gutter ball at least half the time and my other bowls were all over the place. Sometimes I’d get one, sometimes I’d get ten, but I had no idea how to continue getting the good scores and scrap the bad. Despite my poor performance I still managed to get third on our first round and second place on our second round. I may have only played against three other people but I was still very happy to not have gotten last.
We had four games playing at once, two for kids and two for parents. If you only focused on our game (I was playing against Cameron, Grace, and Tanner) then I would appear to be an average bowler. If you compare me to everyone else who was playing then I would have been almost last.
After the bowling alley we went to a beach bar called Savvy’s. We had recently discovered this place and the parents loved it. The kids however…we missed Aquarium.