The Random Writings of Rachel: My Gilligan's Island

My Gilligan's Island



The first island I ever fell in love with was Gilligan's Island. The pristine beaches, the tropical fruits, the tight-knit community of people who eventually had to decide to get along because there's no space to yourself when you live on a tiny island....everything sounded perfect. And, of course, to a kid at least, the slapstick humor was very successful at inducing giggles. 

Sure, Gilligan's Island is a goofy sitcom from the 1960s. Getting shipwrecked for real on a deserted island is probably significantly less humorous and less glamorous. Nevertheless, when I think of my home, I think I've found my own Gilligan's Island.

Here, the beaches aren't so pristine. And the traffic jams demonstrate quite clearly how non-deserted the island is. But it's my island.

I think I fell in love with it just a little more on our beach outing last weekend. So, the boats we rode in to get to the beach didn't provide life jackets, and a little part of me wondered what kind of a test ocean waters would prove to be if I had to put my swimming skills into action. And yes, my siblings and friends found a whole bunch of random shellfish-type creatures in the ocean and decided to grill them and eat them right on the beach; and I thought about the likelihood of food poisoning.

But besides those few random, unnaturally grown-up-ish thoughts, it was a grand adventure. We bounced from one wave to the next in the super-fast speedboats. I strolled in the Indian Ocean (I'm not the biggest fan of swimming). We explored and found a lagoon which bore a distinct resemblance to the ever-present Gilligan's Island lagoon. We stared at the threatening clouds and wondered if we'd be caught in a rainstorm. We spent hours grilling satay and chicken wings and marshmallows, and climbed giant rocks in the meantime.

I'm spoiled rotten that I've lived here.












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13 comments:

  1. Wow that looks like fun! Still no food poisoning I hope? You're all so brave!

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  2. Wow that's gorgeous!! I feel a vacation calling...haha.

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  3. the beach is just a place I've never really desired to go (I've only been once) - perhaps because I associate beaches with extreme heat ....

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  4. Looks like such a nice little slice of the world. And I giggled at your 'grown up' thoughts, because I would have had them too. But it's fun to stretch a wee bit out of our comfort zones once in a while, no?

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  5. Really beautiful, love all the pictures. They are amazing. Looks like you had a great time :)

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  6. It looks beautiful! And it does remind me a bit of Gilligan's Island.(: :Lovely photos!

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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  7. LOL! love this...growing up I loved watching Gilligan's Island:)

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  8. What an absolutely gorgeous place to call home!

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  9. Wow, that is beautiful! You make me want a vacation to a nice and remote island somewhere...

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  10. This post made me SO homesick. I miss island life, everything is a little slower, everyone is a little happier, food is a little fresher and the water is always bluer.

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  11. So gorgeous! Now I want to go someplace tropical:)

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  12. What an amazing place, so full of nature's beauty!!!

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