I’m On A Boat (Sitting Gig)!

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We received many questions about exactly what we were doing in Rio Dulce, Guatemala on a boat. Through a very serendipitous affair via friends in Austin, we were introduced to the trio at So Many Beaches – L, D & K (the dog). We were asked if we were interested in boatsitting and dogsitting for them in Guatemala and it didn’t take much for us to reply with a very excited YES. Rio Dulce was one of the very few places in Guate that we didn’t get to visit our last time around and I wasn’t going to turn down some time on a boat.

So what exactly is involved with a floating housesitting assignment?

First of all we taking care of K, the awesome boat-bound pit bull.

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Most of our days were spent making sure to take him on walks around the marina, making sure he was fed, and taking care that he didn’t overheat in the very hot weather.

There was also the task of cleaning the bow, or what we called the literal “poop deck”.

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All while K sat and looked at you cleaning up his mess, of course.

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A little bit of scrubbing goes into it as well.

But overall, K was an incredibly easy dog to take care of. You can also tell that his parents are dog people.

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Other than that we had normal housesitting duties: Washing dishes, cleaning stoves, cleaning windows, keeping tidy.

With a few extras that included: Making sure we didn’t run out of water, and charging the battery.

But most of all we did this:

64/365 Make sure to make some time for yourself when traveling. Our mini-vacation has really taken the stress off of all the freelance work we do. Sometimes you just have to slow down. #365days

or this:

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or this:

69/365 This water is a tease. I'm afraid of growing a third arm if I go in. #365days

Or when we got really bored we would fish off the dock (OH GOD DON’T EAT THE FISH, WE KID.).

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…playing pirates and pretending to be driving the boat while it is attached to the dock.

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…or sexily made sure the boats were still tied to the dock while attempting to learn knots.

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We now have a few housesitting gigs under our belt and I can totally see us getting into the lifestyle. Not only do we have adoptive pets but how awesome is it that we were on a boat in Guatemala?!

*Mr. Burns fingers*

…now where to next?!

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40 Responses to “I’m On A Boat (Sitting Gig)!”

  1. Casey-A Cruising Couple April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    SO cool! We’re just now looking into the whole house sitting thing. But boat sitting-geez sign me up right now!

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      HAHA! I’m not sure we will ever get the opportunity again but I’ll take it!

  2. MassachusEATS April 22, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Okay, so I’m not gonna lie: my favorite part of this post was the “Mr. Burns fingers.” Awesome – love me some Simpsons humor!

    I guess that the boat & dog sitting thing was pretty cool too! 😉

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      YAY! I’m glad it wasn’t lost on people. It is the best way to describe how I felt. 😛

  3. Randy Bullis April 22, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Mr. Burns voice “Excellent!”

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Oh how fun!!! What a cute dog!

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      He was the sweetest thing ever.

  5. Steve April 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Cool gig you got yourself there. Have any other house sitting plans for 2013?

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Not at the moment. We’re heading back to Austin to work for a while before hitting the road.

  6. Laurie April 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Awww, so fun to see what y’all (and Mr. K) got into while we were gone – Shaun looks like a natural boat driver – and you learned a clove hitch, girl! We can not thank you enough for allowing us the time away (especially given our recent drama). Y’all were awesome and K totally moped when we parted ways 🙁 Thanks again for everything!

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      We were so glad we could help you guys out! I mean, it IS one of my favorite parts of the world. <3 And poor Mr. K. We miss him too!

  7. Maria April 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Love your type of drama or at least the dramatic shots!
    Kisses to the pooch and don’t forget to look for…
    *whispers*… buried treasure. ;-“

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      HAHA! I’m sure there is some all over. That part of Guatemala has some very serious pirate history.

  8. Eileen, The Super Tourists April 23, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    Living the life in a small sailboat/yacht always intrigued me, mostly because I have a bad case of motion sickness on boats. I remember we took a 10 minute speedboat ride going to the marine park in Kota kinabalu, Malaysia and I almost produced fish food that day.

    But this appeals to me, the ship life, without the constant swaying! 😀

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Shaun can’t do sailboats but can handle catamarans much better. Have you tried that?

  9. Monica April 23, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    This looks absolutely awesome. And I’m glad I’m not the only one that pretends to be a pirate whenever I’m on a boat.

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      YES! Pirates UNITE!

  10. Greg April 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    1) You don’t need knots to tie a boat up. Don’t go and make it sound harder than it is. 😉

    2) so WHEN are you going to starting making like us and boat-sitting boats that in transit? 😉

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      1. HEY. WE WERE ADDING DRAMA TO THE BORINGNESS. <3

      2. When Shaun feels like it. 🙂

  11. Sofie April 24, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    The Mr. Burns fingers just finished this post off. Totally.
    On to the next!

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      /armpump

      • Sofie April 29, 2013 at 4:10 am #

        😀

  12. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy April 24, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I’m going to have that song in my head all day now… Poseidon, look at me! This does look like paradise. What exactly are you discovering in that book you’re reading?

    • Erica April 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      BWAHAHAHA!

      …and I’ll tell you what I was reading the next time I see you. It is a secret. 😛 Or DM me. haha

  13. Eileen, The Super Tourists April 29, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Catamaran, pump boat, sail boat, speedboat… All it takes is 15 and then I’ll be all silent. It took me 3 weeks to fully adjust on a cruise ship!

    • Erica April 30, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      OH NO! That is some serious stuff. Have you tried ginger candy?

  14. Abby April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    You officially have the most unusual house-sitting gig under your belt, my friends. A docked boat with a dog. Wow!

    • Erica April 30, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      DAMN SKIPPY. It was an awesome sitting job. I think I found my calling in life?

  15. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com April 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I wanna do this 🙂

  16. Alex April 30, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    I am so enticed by this house-sitting lifestyle! I definitely need to get into it, though I do think it might be a little lonely sometimes as a solo traveler :/

    • Erica April 30, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      I can imagine it would be! I do like hostels for that reason – on the go friends.

  17. Ayngelina April 30, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    That has got to be the happiest, friendliest looking pitbull I have ever seen.

    • Erica April 30, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      I’m used to seeing happy pitbulls. They all look like this in Austin!

  18. Emily in Chile May 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Sign me up for taking care of a cute pup in a beautiful spot like this! What a great way to see another part of Guatemala.

    • Erica May 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      It is great because this was the only part we hadn’t seen so we got to know it much more intimately. 😀

  19. Pete @ HeckticTravels May 10, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Awww yeah! House-sitting is taking the world by storm. Looks like this boat-sit looked pretty sweet and that dog looks awesome! Good luck with sits going forward 🙂

    • Erica May 13, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      lol! All our housesits have been on our own rather than the website. 😛 It has been pretty awesome but to be honest, we don’t have time for housesits right now!

  20. Cynthia August 10, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I am extremely interested in boat sitting. I live in the states and I have no idea how to go about starting to find someone interested in a boat sitter. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Erica August 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      There are a few ways to go about it. One way would be to hang out near the docks and get to know people. When you have friends, they are more willing to share your information when people need warm bodies on their boats. It happens more than you think. 🙂

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