Boat trippin 📱

Have you ever had a moment of klutziness that you wish you had back?

Well, mine came on a small dock in downtown Orlando amongst 5 coworkers. After a quiet cruise and picnic around the chain of lakes, we returned just prior to sunset and started unloading all our gear. I prepared to exit the vessel from the back deck, but my foot caught the top of the canopy and I plunged headfirst towards the dock pile on. (As a side note, I had survived a brutal personal training session just hours prior, so both my arms and legs felt like jello).

I made the quick decision to catch myself and save my keys from the murky abyss. My chapstick was a goner. And as I dangled between the swaying boat and the dock, my phone dislodged from my hip holster and sank below.

I may have expressed a few choice words before instinctively jumping in to save my iPhone 12 Pro. In that moment I am unsure that all my photos and contacts are saved on the cloud and my mind starts to panic.

Armed with googles that are broken, I forge ahead blindly with a deep breath and desperation. The water at the dock is approximately 7 feet deep and who knows what my hands are scouring over. All I feel are weeds and muck. My first two attempts were hopeless.

Meanwhile my friend runs to my car to grab my snorkel gear (mask), which just happened to be packed due to my FL Keys trip that was to planned the next day. So my third attempt was a wild plea of desperation and MIRACULOUSLY I feel something solid along the lake sea grass wall. I punch through the water line with my prize held high like a superhero, while I scale the dock’s ladder.

The girls test my phone & my home screen glows brightly like it had no idea the drama that had just ensued over the past 7 excruciating minutes. WTH?!?! However, we still race inside to plop it into a bag of rice and pray for the best.

After a few laughs, drying off and a sigh of relief, I realized I have no idea how to get to my friend’s house without my GPS. The goods and bads of technology at our finger tips!

So after 10 hours of rice therapy, my phone is as good as new BUT I got a piece of rice lodged in the charging port….. onto the next problem solving!

Published by elliottcm

Love adventure travel, work hard & play hard, happy in both extremes - relaxing on a remote beach or rappelling down cliffs, take joy in simple things, love being on & near the water, visited 55 countries & 47 states so far in this crazy beautiful life! Goals by my 50th birthday - 50 states. 75 countries. 50 national parks. Be in Antarctica on my big day.

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