I’ve been asking my old skydiving buddy TD when he was going to come out for a sail. Life kept interfering until this week and he gave me a call and asked if I could get away on Friday. “Blow off work on a beautiful sunny day? Let me think.Yes!”
We got on the road about 11:30 and after giving him a quick tour of the cabin we hooked onto the boat and headed for the boat launch. It’s always easy getting the boat in…not so easy getting the vehicles out. We had ridden out in TD’s 2 wheel drive Ford Ranger. I was curious to see if it would be better than our front wheel drive vans. It wasn’t…the problem being that the drive wheels are in the water where it is softer and he quickly dug a couple of holes. Eventually we got the trailer back out but he didn’t think that we’d get it out with the trailer on so I decided to leave the boat tied up at the cabin as I was planning on coming back out on Saturday anyway. With that out of the way we hopped in and pushed off.
It took a while to get any breeze at all but we eventually got going slowly. We headed back to the cabin so I could get the key to unlock the rear compartment and get the pfds out. After that was done we set off ….light winds but such an incredibly warm September day it really didn’t matter. We tacked back and forth, when the wind died we opened up the cooler and chowed down on hard boiled eggs, oka cheese, bagels, bananas and other goodies. Snow geese were flying far overhead at one point in a large flock. Lots of birds heading south.
TD had been the helmsman for a while and we did enjoy several nice runs when the wind picked up. We headed for the far side of the lake. I had told him about the cabin in the woods that I know nothing about…it’s not in the park or on the private development at that end of the lake. It took a while to get there and find it as you can hardly see it from the water. We landed and went in and had a look around. It sure is a cabin in the woods and a real refuge. I thought it was pretty neat. Big treehouse built behind it and an outhouse which is painted white and called “The White House”.
After that we sailed on a bit further and got out to have a look at Little Emerald. Then we started back and the winds had piped up nicely and we had some good runs.
It was a great day with an old friend.