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Monday, August 29, 2016

Another Boaty Day



Sunday I woke up and checked my e-mail on my phone. Ed Robinson just released another Trawler Trash novel. His books are set in quite a few places where I've taken my boats. It's great to read a story about places I've been and things I've seen. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology I was reading the new book before even getting out of bed.

In the afternoon my lovely wife and I took my twin aunts and my uncle for a sail. Winds were light, but there was enough to move us around the lake. Actually, light winds made for a relaxed sail and we had a chance to catch up. That's one of the things I really enjoy about sailing, the lack of engine noise drowning out all conversation and thought.

By the time evening came around my lovely wife and I were watching the Sail Channel. There's a big difference between our little Oday 19 and foiling racing catamarans. It's like comparing thoroughbred racehorses and a donkey. I happen to like my little donkey as it's a lot less finicky about absolutely everything. Just keeps plodding along.

Some years we've had barely an interruption from sailing on freshwater lakes to sailing off the coast of Florida. This year we have the opportunity to spend Christmas in New Hampshire with my daughter who moved to California and her two kids. Sailing is going to have to wait. While I'm usually not a big fan of Christmas, I am a big fan of family.

Our plans for the rest of the winter are wide open. I'm making sure the house is ready for us to spend the whole winter if necessary. Believe it or not, I actually miss snow. Last year they tell me it wasn't much of a winter. The local ski club barely had enough snow for their yearly competition then it all melted. That's not much fun at all. If I do stay around for most of the winter I'd actually like a good deep snow pack. I miss snowshoeing.

It might be one of those years when it would be good to head south late winter/early spring. Spring in the North Country can break your heart. There will often be a string of nice sunny warm days, then another foot of snow falls on the ground. The lake could be just about to thaw then refreeze all over again.

Our plans are flexible, but this might be one of those years when it makes sense to stick close to home, even if the sailing has to wait.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are enjoying Summer, now that it finally got there!

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    1. Too bad it's coming to an end. It will be cool before you know it. Summer in the North Country is short but sweet.

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  2. With the instability of election year and wondering about Obama and the economy, it may well be a good winter to set tight. I'd hate to be 1000 miles from home if martial law is declared.

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    1. I don't want to live my life in fear. However, I've got to keep my eyes open.

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  3. Isn't it wonderful to have choices? Wherever you two decide to stay, I'm sure it will be an adventure! :o)

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    1. It is good to have choices. Freedom to make choices is one of the big things in my life.

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  4. Can't say as I blame you. Last season had many lessons learned (hopefully?) Lol

    My recommendation would be, stockpile a couple seasons worth of firewood !
    Prepare a ring of claymores around the homestead perimeter.
    Start digging a fallout shelter?

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  5. Can't say as I blame you. Last season had many lessons learned (hopefully?) Lol

    My recommendation would be, stockpile a couple seasons worth of firewood !
    Prepare a ring of claymores around the homestead perimeter.
    Start digging a fallout shelter?

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    1. . . . so, the crazy times are here for real? Kinda looks like it.

      One thing about living in the woods -firewood grows on trees.

      Darn shame I don't have any claymores. Could have used them when my daughters were dating.

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  6. We're repairing the hot tub and it should be in good shape to take us through the winter.

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  7. I got aa good chuckle out of you saying that you could have used claymores when your daughters were dating.

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