That Time We Were Pirates

Tony and I feel like Pirates most of the time, outside of the pillaging and heavy drinking. We are a couple of misfits comfortable in our own skin, who don't like to do things when everyone else is doing them. Plus we have a Pirate like flair for unusual adventures.

We celebrate Thanksgiving the day after and Mother's Day a week after. With a blended family that includes adult children with in-laws, we have to think outside the box when it comes to holidays. What is important to us is not celebrating on the day of the occasions, but that we have that time with our kids and families.

Tony's oldest and I have birthdays a day apart and we love celebrating together. Being both Virgos, we obsess about the planning together.

When he was turning 13 and I was turning 27 for the 20th time, I thought it would be fun to get out of town for a few days.

During my search on Airbnb I found a real 65 foot pirate ship called Siren's Gate, located on the Mississippi River in St. Paul Minnesota. I wasted no time getting us booked on the pirate ship for two nights.

The owner and Captain Dan Kellogg turned out to live I the same town as us. Kellogg also lives in the Bahamas.

The kids flipped out when we got to the Siren's Gate. The details on the interior to make it look like a real pirate ship are amazing.

The boys brought a friend. The three of them fit just fine in the bunk down below. They even had their own bathroom.

There was a master bedroom off the kitchen where Tony and I stayed.

There is a also a galley where you can prepare your meals, which was supper handy. As is mandatory for most places we stay, there was a shower and flushing toilet.

I may be a pirate but I'm a modern day pirate who loves her amenities.

For two nights and three days we enjoyed the ship. The boys fished off the dock where the ship is located. For an additional fee can make arrangements with Captain Kellogg to saile the ship on the Mississippi, which we did!

Can you imagine standing along the shores of a waterway and a pirate ship goes sailing by like it's just another day? The looks on people's faces were priceless. The boys felt like they were in a parade. Their pageant waves need work, but they pulled it off.

That sail down the Mississippi on a pirate ship is something the kids won't soon forget!


The accommodations were comfortable. I got a lot of use out of the upper deck where I devoured a book. Tony spent most of the time digging into every nook and cranny, fascinated by all the pirate booty Kellogg had collected and used to decorate the ship.

We would definitely repeat this adventure. Captain Kellogg and Captain Ernie were a blast to hang out with.

Tip: Siren's Gate is also available to rent for the day or night for a private party. Reach out to Captain Kellogg through his Facebook Page for Siren's Gate.

Live Aloha,






Ultimately I'm a writer who works out her issues through shamelessly sharing them. My partner Tony and I strive to "Live Aloha", but often miss the mark. I overshare about our travels, life and blended family.

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