Giggles burst like bubbles
fromour snorkels. Our underwater
game of “I-spy” had turned into a contest. Who could make
the best pufferfish impression? Grandma! Laughing and
bobbing in the bay. Surrounded by sunshine and red rock,
my kids, my mom. The best of memories made.
A story we’d laugh
about for years…
Mexico’s Sea of Cortés • 7-night small ship adventures • Nov-Mar • from
KAYAK l PADDLE BOARD | SNORKEL l HIKE l SKIFF
MUCH LIKE WINTER,
After a lifetime of family travel,
one mom braces herself for teen rejection.
By Heather Greenwood Davis
I’m sitting on a ship in the middle of the Panama Canal when
it occurs to me: I’m on the cusp of becoming that parent.
You know the type: Super lame, knows nothing, unhip and
completely eye-roll worthy.
It’s a weird time to be thinking this. I mean, after another day
of incredible adventures on an UnCruise across Panama
with Vijitha Bahadur, one of my closest friends, I’ve probably
never been more cool and less parent-y; laughing long into
the evening with the incredible people we meet, agreeing to
early morning skiff rides out into ocean waters, never looking
at the time before saying yes to the delicious concoctions
offered by the bartender.
Without our kids on board, it has very much been a “when in
That’s not to say we haven’t missed them.
At very specific moments over the course of the eight-night
cruise either she or I will stop — mid-paddle on the kayak,
a quick whisper as guest expert Jackie Hedgpeth shares
some tantalizing fact about marine life, two bites into a sinful
chocolate dessert — and mention which of our kids would’ve
loved that moment most.
But sitting here now, passing through 77 kilometres of
one of the world’s most incredible man-made marvels,
understanding for the first time the sacrifice and ingenuity
necessary to allow ships to cross this isthmus, and thinking
(again) of how much my kids would benefit from this kind of
experience, it hits home: I am a parent of teens.
CAPTURING THE SUNRISE ON THE UNCRUISE TOP DECK.
© HEATHER GREENWOOD DAVIS
FALL 2017 | Ultimate Family Vacations