Growing up near many lakes in western Michigan, I loved but took for granted availability of lakes for recreational boating. After moving to Indiana in the late 1970s, I sometimes felt landlocked, but came to enjoy many of Indiana’s rivers and lakes. Rhonda and I continued to be drawn to Michigan’s lakes. We dreamed of a cottage with a view of the water, and were blessed when that dream became a reality a few years ago. We love our “lake-glimpse” cottage that is a short walk from the marina where our boat lives.
One of my time-consuming but ultimately rewarding projects over the past stay-at-home weeks has been to review, scan, sort and otherwise deal with a lifetime of photos, some printed and some digital. We now have more than 10,000 photos that are relatively organized and accessible. Included were MANY photos of boats, Including the following selection:
So many wonderful memories, and a few frightening ones – including the time when I and my teenaged brothers disregarded storm warnings to pilot our 16 foot runabout back from Saugatuck to Holland, with large waves washing over the entire boat.
Sometimes it STILL takes us a while to learn about boats. One example of ongoing education is our recent three-dinghy adventure.
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing… about in boats — or with boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.
So why boat? It’s not an easy question to answer, but it’s a combination of freedom, challenge, competition, learning, adventure, fellowship with family and loved ones, and just plain fun.
(We will soon leave on a short trip to Florida to relocate our boat to a marina that is more protected from hurricanes.)