About a Blogger Who Remembered How to Laugh

About a Blogger Who Remembered How to Laugh

If a girl goes on Jamcruise and doesn’t share it on social media, does anyone know?

Alright, so I started 2015 off with a bang. I deleted my Facebook account, drank two handles of cheap champagne, served a cheese plate to my husband and a few friends, and passed out by 12:45am.

That might not sound like a bang to you, but I was resting up… saving myself if you will… for five days of the most intense partying I have ever, EVER, participated in: Jamcruise 13!!!

G-Love on the Pool Deck for Jamcruise 13!!!!
Jamcruise 13 Pool Deck!!!! (That’s me in the green LED hoop, bottom-center-ish)

Never heard of Jamcruise?

Yeah neither had I until about 2 years ago when it seemed like all of our friends in South Florida were going on Jamcruise 11. There was something about jam bands and music and a five day cruise,… blah blah blah…

Then those friends came back and we heard about Captain Buzzkill, costumes, party favors, Oregon chocolates, door decor, sunrise ‘played on through’ sessions, and epic compilations by some of the most amazing musicians on the planet.

It took me and Vince a couple of years to get on board, but finally, late last year we had a five minute conversation about going and Vince just booked the damn thing.

And then, because me and Vince going on Jamcruise with Dave, Jon, Jen, and Piv wasn’t epic enough, Timmy and I worked on being a artist to get him and Jen2 aboard.

The Troll Ride from FTL airport to Dave's house in MIA!
The Official Troll car ride from FTL airport to Dave’s house in MIA!

And then….

Then…

Then we raged for 5 days straight around the Caribbean on our way to Honduras and Costa Maya to live music that included: Pretty Lights (with a live freakin’ band!), Break Science, Umphrey’s McGee, Karl Denson, The California Honey Drops, Elephant Revival, G.Love and Special Sauce, Galactic, The Motet, Lettuce, and so, so, so many more.

Jammin' by the time we got to Muster stations.
Jammin’ by the time we got to Muster stations.
How you feelin' JAMCRUISE!?!?!
How you feelin’ JAMCRUISE!?!?!
Most of the group for 70's Theme Night - Yes, that's Vince in the back left.
Most of the group for 70’s Theme Night – Yes, that’s Vince in the back left.
Pretty Lights brought a few lasers for their sets... just a few.
Pretty Lights brought a few lasers for their sets… just a few.
My eVoke hoop sista, Shelden!
My eVoke hoop sista, Shelden for the Pretty Lights show! It was fate that we found each other!!
We took a break from raging to visit Costa Maya and get drunk on tequila.
We took a break from raging all night to get some sun and visit Costa Maya for their tequila.
The hooping was EPIC.
Hooping on the pool deck during G-Love for Metallic night was EPIC.
That's my eVoke doing the antispin flower in the middle of the pool deck for G Love and Shelden was right next to me with hers!
That’s my eVoke doing the antispin flower in the middle of the pool deck for G Love and Shelden was right next to me with hers!
Most of the group for Umphrey's Mcgee in the theater on Party Animal night.
Most of the group for Umphrey’s Mcgee in the theater on Party Animal night.
Jamin' on JamCruise
Jamcruise. Emphasis on “Jam.”
Break Science absolutely slaughtered it in the Galaxy Disco the last night aboard because the pool deck set got closed. With the drummer from Lettuce and a sax and trumpet cameo from Revivalists, this set was absolute murder!
Break Science absolutely slaughtered it in the Galaxy Disco the last night aboard because the pool deck set got closed. With the drummer from Lettuce and a sax and trumpet cameo from Revivalists, this set was absolute murder!
Who goes to sleep the last night of Jamcruise? Not these people!
Who goes to sleep the last night of Jamcruise? Not these people! Oh and Vince is holding a drum top he bought in a silent auction for charity signed by every band member aboard the ship. LOLWUT?!!?

So…. yeah we pre-booked for Jamcruise next year while on Jamcruise THIS year.

It was like that.

In fact, everything we heard about this epic floating festival was true. 100% true. And then some.

The best part for me? As we were sailing out of the port of Miami I swear I felt my Dad’s happiness for me – that I was doing something so fun and so similar to the life I lived before last February, only on an even bigger scale.

We sailed away from Miami with a view from Timmay's giant aft balcony, and it was perfect.
We sailed away from Miami with a view from Timmay’s giant aft balcony, and it was perfect.

When I set a goals for 2015 to remember how to laugh, to rediscover my inner child, to learn how to have fun again, I had NO idea that I would accomplish them so quickly.

Thank you to Jamcruise, the amazing artists on board, and my big, giant, newfound Jamily. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The boat provides. It WAS my first rodeo. Arrivederci, Jamcruise! And I’ll see you next year on the boat!



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