We've just added a new reward - t-shirts with our crew motto. The common thread between our parenting, humanitarian and environmental goals have been summed up by many backers as badass. We think our backers our pretty badass too, and couldn't wait to share our new t-shirt with you!
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As a single mom, I’ve felt lonely, tired, and fractured. I told myself, "This isn't the life I was supposed to live. This is not supposed to be my story.”
So I decided to create new experiences, rewriting a narrative I’d be proud to tell my son. It's about possibility, adventure, and giving back. It's about being a badass parent.
From living on a sailboat to instructing sea kayaking, I feel most alive on the water -- it's the place where I connect with the natural world and tap into my creativity. I want to share my love of water with my son, Tobin Creek. We will sail around the Virgin Island and serve the community as environmental stewards along the way.
We've teamed up with local youth groups in St. Thomas and kayaking outfitters to connect children with their watery backyards. As full-time island residents, these children are the future caretakers of the fragile island ecosystem. First, though, they must care enough about the water to want to protect it.
As a means to contribute to the awareness of the growing problem of Microplastics in our Earth’s oceans, we'll collect water samples during the expedition for National Geographic sponsored organization Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Invisible to the naked eye, microscopic pieces of plastic pose a devastating threat to the our waterways. We'll send samples back to the lab where they will become part of a comprehensive dataset used to effect change.
Join us in inspiring kids to take care of our seas and protecting our waterways.
Through this project, I hope to nurture my writer's voice. My writing will focus on my relationship with my son as we sail, explore the fragile island ecosystem, and connect with locals. Throughout the journey, we'll be taking photos, video interviews, and journaling the trip itself. Highlights from each day will be shared on the blog. The stories will be woven into a narrative at the end (estimated 30 to 40 pages), which one day may become a book.
We'll spend 28 days at sea, and will sail to these islands:
- St. John's Island (national park status protects two-thirds of the island). Tagging along with park officials will give insight into local best conservation practices.
- St. Thomas where we're working with the Family Resource Center to take grade-school kids on field trips, including kayaking, snorkeling, and beach hikes.
- Tortola, we'll organize beach clean up days.
- Other destinations include BVI National Parks such as Peter Island, Dead Chest, Salt Island, Great Dog and Virgin Gorda where we'll snorkel and hike the islands. We'll be collecting water samples along the way and sending them back to the lab, where they'll be analyzed under microscopes for plastic content.
The incredible community that has helped me survive as a single mama will be the same friends who will become part of our crew.
By funding this project, you become part of our crew, embarking on this journey with us. Your involvement begins at the time of the pledge and continues, really, indefinitely. You will always be part of our crew. When you give, we hear this: the backer (YOU) believes in our sense of adventure and creativity. The value of that investment FAR outweighs the monetary generosity of your pledge.
BACK OUR BLOG AND VIDEO DISPATCHES:
By becoming a backer for our writing and photography, you'll not only have access to blog posts and video dispatches, you'll be able to track our route and receive special backer-only updates, photos, and sneak peeks of the narrative. Most importantly though, you join us in the process of creating art. Thank you -- we are so grateful for any contribution you can make!
What happens if we reach our goal? We will be so grateful!
Here's where the money goes:
Water Activities for Local Kids: $1000 (includes cost of snorkeling and sea kayaking with kids growing up in poverty on St. Thomas)
Charter fees: 8086
Other: 697 (cruising tax, National park fee, viser, dinghy fuel and cell phone)
Kickstarter Fees/ Amazon Payment Fees: 1400
Reward Costs: 1527
* We'll pay for our own airline tickets and provisions for the journey.
HOW IT WORKS:
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Risks and challenges
The sailboat has been reserved, I've received my charter certification, and our contacts in the Virgin Islands are excited about the project! We hope for fair winds, but our sailing will be subject to the weather, and we may have to wait out squalls or storms.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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