Having taken part in this promotion, I can tell you that it was unlike anything that I have ever done before, or been a part of. I am still in touch with many of the people that both put this on, and went on the voyage. To be able to do something like this was a unique opportunity that I will always remember very fondly, and am proud to say that I was there. To be ungrateful for this trip, would be shoving it in the face of all those that wanted to be there, but could not. I still wear my crew jacket and vest with pride, and I always tell people that, yes, I have sailed around Cornwall on The Dawn Treader. Here’s a report of the campaign.
We had an incredible adventure that would not have been possible without the hard work of so many. I was privy to a lot of the behind-the-scenes talk throughout the week, and in that time I learned that this was the result of months of planning. In the end, no amount of planning could help stay the storms that altered the schedule so drastically for the first week of competitions. No amount of planning could help to foresee all of the difficulties with the tides that effected the time to get from place to place the week that we were there with the second group of contestants. What we did have, however, was a dedicated and highly motivated group of individuals from many places. Many that had never worked together before this event began! They hired local people to work on this project, which worked to the benefit of all on the voyage. They were truly helpful in knowing the local culture, and how to get from place to place.
The last day… and it felt like three full days. This isn’t the last article on this week, though, as I still have a wrap-up article to write. When I started this day, I had no idea of the trials and tribulations that I was in for, but that’s usually the case with days like that. We had to get up early, around 5am, to set out on the next leg of our adventure. We left our hotel room in Ilfracombe and walked the block and a half to our destination, in a light rain. The rain might have been a warning sign to us that it wasn’t going to be a very good day in some ways.
Others began to arrive, and we packed our stuff into the van and prepared for a journey on the ocean, to Lundy Island, an island only three miles long and a half-mile wide. We climbed aboard a small boat meant for scuba divers, called the Obsession II. Courtney and I thought we were going to be sailing out to Lundy aboard the Dawn Treader (The Matthew of Bristol), and that perhaps the Obsession II would be a short trip out to it. How wrong we were!
This was a day of castles, archery and hiking. It was also one of filming while sitting very high above the water, while watching the Dawn Treader (The Matthew of Bristol) sail around an island as people were being boated out to it. I have to tell you that this was a very rewarding day, our hiking lead us to places far and wide, and locations unlike any I had seen thus far. The day started with a nice drive to Tintagel, which is where King Arthur is rumored to have been born. We went up to the ruins of a castle built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall.
It was there that we found targets set up for an archery challenge, and took a very long hike down some very steep stairs, and then back up on the other side, where we relaxed while we wandered around, taking in the experience and wondering about the people that had lived there. The ruins were incredible, and I was very happy to have the chance to visit a place that I didn’t know existed the night before.
This day was a very interesting day. Our driver for the week, Christian, had a surprise for us. It was something he was talking about all week, but we had no idea what it was going to be. We were under the impression that we had to be at the Dawn Treader early in the day for some more sailing. We were also moving to a new hotel in Padstow.
As we were driving around, Christian was telling us about a game that his parents used to do when they had a surprise for him. “Am I going to turn left, am I going to turn right? No, I’m going straight on!” And suddenly we pulled into a ranch. “Somebody has arranged horseback riding on the beach for you!”
Today was a very good day. Courtney and I were driven to the port where the Dawn Treader awaited. When we got there, about eleven in the morning, we had to wait around for about an hour and a half. We made the best of it, though, climbing on a wall that must be thousands of years old and learning a song from one of the Italian women. The Dawn Treader has a certain number of people that it can hold safely so they had to get the numbers down before more people could be on board.
We’ve just spent a day on the Dawn Treader and a day off. The first day became so cold out at sea that they recommended that Courtney and I take a day off so that we don’t become sick while we’re on our honeymoon. That was very nice of them all. For those who don’t know, Courtney and I got married on Saturday and we’re now sailing around England on the Dawn Treader, aka The Matthew, for a week. We’re covering as much as we can with the second group of competitors. There are also some other promotional teams here, who are making spots for their various channels. Not sure I can talk about who they are just yet, but when we get closer to the release, you’re sure to see some of their videos.
We’ve landed and we’re now at the hotel in Falmouth, in Cornwall. I was unclear about the final destination until now, and we had a four and a half hour drive from Heathrow in London. It’s been terrific so far. Our driver, Christian, is a really nice guy and very helpful. We have had a blast so far.
We had free time after we got to the Hotel, so we went for a walk and what did we find in the harbor? The ship!
Here we go! This is the first post in what will be a series surrounding my adventures with Courtney as we venture off to London to board the magical ship: the Dawn Treader, aka The Matthew of Bristol. We get married tomorrow, and then we’re off on a whirlwind trip around the world.
Keep an eye on NarniaFans.com as well as our facebook page, as we’ve got our writers working on stories with the latest news, and I’ll be posting video blogs and more as we head out on this grand adventure.
You’ll learn a lot about me and this Dawn Treader adventure as the days go on! I hope that you have fun with it. I still have no idea how this is going to go, as I’m never really one for the front of the camera.
Keep us in your prayers this weekend and all next week!
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