Oct 12, 2011
I had been saying I didn't do as much boat camping as I'd wanted to this year, and Jill was so supportive of a last little jaunt. She's awesome!
I'll be boating alone, but filing a travel plan as well as reporting in via social networks. And the GPS will be on the whole time, I'm sure. Really looking forward to it! Me and my boat..
Oct 9, 2011
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Aug 20, 2011
This year we headed south to Perrot State Park in Wisconsin. Uriah, Tom Lindsey, Matt, Jared and I headed out at 4ish on Friday and made good time to the park. Set up in the near dark and enjoyed a feast of Hot Dogs and Not Dogs provided by Mrs Uriah, who drove down to secure our site and get firewood.
Aug 13, 2011
On our way back from a lovely boat ride on the lake we were surprised to find four pigs wandering around the yard. A few calls later and the Boy Scout camp sent some guys over to wrangle them home. But it was a fun little diversion. All I could think of was the high price of ham and how delicious they looked...
Jun 4, 2011
Another fun filled day, with lots of boating and talking about boating and even some kite flying. You wish you were here. Although the afternoon produced the Lake Pepin that I had imagined, with whitecaps and waves over the transom. Need an electric pump.. :)
Jun 3, 2011
Early to rise, headed downriver in a grind that would involve 12 hours, multiple rainstorms, waves to crash over her bow, two lock passages, and a few hours of beautiful scenery and river. Met up with the wonderful folks of the messabout and had a great evening sitting around the fire telling lies, er, stories about many things.
Jun 2, 2011
Well, that was exciting! Hidden falls has a boat ramp but today it had a boat parking lot. It was a bit flooded. No matter, Jill and the kids helped me launch quite nicely. Left around five thirty and made good time for a bit. Have to admit the first hundred yards took some getting used to, as the wind and currents were tossing me around. By the time I got to downtown Saint Paul, I wanted to top off my gas tank. Good call, though only half empty, I would end up needing every last drop in the next section.
I took a few minutes at the pier by Navy Island to tape some trash bags over the skylight and then put on the skylight cover. The clouds were graying up a bit and I wanted to be completely sure I kept the cabin dry. It has not yet rained but I am glad I did it for my overnight, just in case.
Ok, I head into an alley of barges and industrial docks and soon after the wind picks up. I am heading right into it and spend a couple miles reenacting various scenes from The Deadliest Catch. Whitecaps, three foot waves, spray coming over the bow completely drenching me, and not a safe harbor in sight. I soldiered on and eventually decided to stop at the landing at my evening halfway point, which was sure to be nearer the end of the evening rather than half way. That was the 694 bridge, and the landing ended up being further underwater than Hidden Falls was. So I skirted behind some islands where the water was calmer and refilled the tank. It was almost empty, so good timing on that one.
Took a backwater behind some more islands and noticed there was a protected channel running up through the island. This is where I dropped anchor for the night as it was twenty minutes to sunset.
Dropped some Pigs Eye Pilsner (felt only appropriate) in the net and dropped it in the river to cool them off. Had a nice cold sandwich and a juice box and here I sit, having a brew on the river in my gently rocking boat. The cabin is small but super cozy now that it is organized, and I am rocking my Android tablet writing this post. Obviously it is easy to type on, as evidenced by the long post.
After the sun set it is quite cool and no bugs to be found. Awesome.
Now to read some pirate adventures by Michael Crichton as darkness falls and the birds in the trees coo me to sleep. It is going to be an early morning to make up for lost time.
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May 29, 2011
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Apr 8, 2011
This weekend I'm bringing the boat home. After a long winter in a garage in Saint Paul, it's time to work on some fitting out of the cabin and yearly spring maintenance. Excited to see how well she held out over the winter. I've stopped by a couple times to check on her but it's different getting into the actual sunlight..
Mar 31, 2011
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Jan 19, 2011
- When did skis stop being pointy?
- I don't have a problem with snowboarders, but why do they all sit down in the middle of the slopes?
- WOW there are a lot of opportunities for people to ski now. I don't think there's a handicap anymore that would prevent someone from getting on the slopes. The blind skiiers were a bit of a surprise, but they really do quite well!
- Dad. I keep saying things to Eli that came straight out of my Dad's mouth. So many points that I totally "get" now. (Yes, ropes are better because they keep you warmer, lifts just make you cold. Bring your own sandwiches. Sweat is the enemy. Don't just go straight down the hill. Use poles. Colder means less people on the slopes.)
- Why doesn't anyone use poles anymore? Seriously!
- Lacking moguls, all hills are the bunny hill. Some are just steeper than others.
Jan 4, 2011
eBlots is back, kinda.