Adventuress InterGen 7/29 – 8/3/2018 Having received the trip as a gift I had expectations of being on a sailing trip with my Grandson for a week. Little did I know just how that time would play out. Of course having the flawless weather and beautiful San Juans as our backdrop helped but as the time progressed I realized a bit of how much more was going on. And now, looking back, I see so much more that I am compelled to share this back. I was a part of a masterfully designed and administered transformative program. One that was very structured without feeling like it; one that taught and delivered message after message; one that certainly reached everyone that participated. And the crew working their magic of coaching without demanding; providing an understanding for the how and why of their requests; having a hierarchy without showing it; always leading by example. Plus, being able to see and share these experiences with my Grandson made it even more over the top. Watching him and the Grand-units forming into their own community, learning their boundaries and working together was massive for this Grandpa. My most recent feeling of transformation was in the closing circle as I realized that I and everyone aboard had just been a part of the preservation of a national treasure, the Adventuress. We all got into daily tasks of “boat love.” sometimes with apprehension or concern but always finding ways to get it done. Having the “world” of the Adventuress is the perfect setting for this program so having done a small part to extend this opportunity to others warms my heart. Yes, I am more aware of my footprint. Yes, I am more aware of just how much we are interdependent. Yes, I feel privileged and lucky that I got to have this experience, didn't even know it was on my bucket list but now I can cross it off anyway.