You didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe it… BUT IT’S REALLY HAPPENING.
We (an Englishman, an American, a Slovakian, and a Dane), will be Pirates. We’ve built a raft, looked up information about safety, and now there is nothing else to do except get our ears pierced and climb aboard our raft. I first shared this a few months ago as I announced plans for a big adventure. It’s always nice to follow through and see plans come into completion.
How did we build the raft? A little like this…
First we went to a goat farm owned by the uncle of one of our pirates. There we met some lovely goats and even had a try at milking them. Although I one day wish to own my own goats, I have an awful lot to learn about how to milk them quickly. It’s quite a surreal experience to be squeezing elongated dark nipples so hard.
At the goat farm, we were lucky enough to be offered the use of old billboards, old pieces of timber, 8 x 200 litre barrels, and some power tools. We set about drilling and tying things together, debating the many ways that we could make this raft work. Mostly, the workers at the farm laughed and thought that we were crazy, but they did offer some useful advice.
Namely, one particular guy essentially single handedly changed all of our plans and redesigned our raft. Without this advice, we would probably still be unsuccessfully fighting with wood and barrels in the farm yard.
One joy of the farm yard was that it was filled with fresh fruits and other animals to keep all of us occupied. Some of us like building rafts.. some of us like playing with cats.
By this time, our raft was really starting to look like a raft.
Another uncle then offered us the use of his fishing hut on the river. There we lived for several days and finished the raft.
As men are often wont to do, we made fire.
If we were going to live on the raft, we decided that we needed shelter from the elements, so using old billboard material, we made a rigid frame tent.
As we slid the raft down the slope and towards the water, we had literally no idea if it would float.
You know what though?? It worked!!
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