Adventures in Paradise

The TV series Adventures in Paradise and life aboard a sailboat in the South Pacific was I often imagined.
The TV series Adventures in Paradise and life aboard a sailboat in the South Pacific was what I often imagined.

Daily Prompt: Rolling Stone

If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?

In the late fifties a TV series aired titled Adventures in Paradise. It starred a good-looking young actor named Gardner McKay.

The premise of the stories was a young good-looking boat owner/captain who hopped from one South Pacific Island to the other seeking cargo and passengers for a living. With each episode came a new passenger, new cargo, and new adventure.

After each episode it was bedtime and after such I laid in bed thinking about what it would be like to sail the South Pacific on a sail boat. It seemed a carefree life with each episode of having a perfect and happy ending.

Captain Adam Troy, portrayed by Gardner McKay. He was determined to set his own course. He left Hollywood behind.
Captain Adam Troy, portrayed by Gardner McKay. He determined to set his own course. He left Hollywood behind.

Laying in bed at nights I imagined that the sound of the wind tossing the trees and leaves to and fro were the waves bursting against the surf on some resplendent South Pacific Island paradise. The flaps of the curtains were the sails of my boat beating like a drum. I stepped to the window and allowed the sea breeze coming off the fields of corn, wheat, or soy beans rush across my face and ruffle my hair. I could almost feel the waves beat against the bow, smell the salt in the air, and see an island just beyond the horizon.

Eventually one starts to think about health care, retirement, and social security.

After cancellation of the series Adventures in Paradise, Gardner McKay left the spotlight. He was not comfortable with fame. He lived in France for a several years. He became a writer. When he left the world of glamour and glitz he first went to the Amazon and as he put it, “to cleanse himself.”

The Hollywood movers and shakers offered him a life of fame and fortune, but he refused. In many ways he was much like the character he portrayed on Adventures in Paradise, Adam Troy. Quiet, shy, and unassuming.

He died quietly at the age of 69. Few noted. That’s the life of a nomad.

16 Comments

  1. I love the way you described the show. I always imagined I would get the bulk of my traveling done when I was young – before kids, responsibilities, social security, and retirement starts to weigh in.

  2. I was not allowed much tv in my youth and just grew up not yearning for it so I am not familiar with that program. Love your depiction of the entire article, thank you for sharing with your readers.

  3. The theme from Adventures in Paradise was performed by the immortal Jerry Byrd, originally a native of Lima, Ohio.

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