After the race to Mackinac Island Lisa met me up there for the party. Then we drove four hours east into Canada to meet my folks on their sailboat in Little Current Ontario at the Spider Bay Marina. They cruise on their sailboat every summer for 4-6 weeks. How cool is that? They have their 38 foot Ericson totally decked out for living aboard. They sleep on the boat every night that whole time. It’s so cool – all sorts of little hidden coves and bays inlets and islands – similar to cruising the Carribbean in some ways but a much more wilderness experience. We went hiking one day to
Topaz Lake – a deep gorgeous, big blue lake surrounded by quartz mountains. So stunning. You could jump off cliffs into the water. Craziest thing was it is a dead lake – so no seaweed, algae, anything. The perfect temperature. We spent four nights on the boat and they went by so fast. Parties on shore or on other boats in the harbors most nights. We drank and partied on “Rum Rock”
one day in Baie Fine – couples from five boats met on shore for ‘cocktail hour’ and drank a 23 year old bottle of rum, ate appetizers, swapped stories and generally enjoyed life. It’s the craziest subculture, all these sailboats out there cruising around, enjoying nature and each other, all with a great attitude. My father I don’t think I’ve ever seen so happy, he absolutely loves it up there and loves his boat so much. The entire cockpit is screened in and can be opened to the air, screened in, or glassed in if it gets too cold. Grill on the back, dinghy, solar panel. they can go completely off the grid. Pretty exciting stuff – makes me feel like a slacker, just doing daytrips on my boat.