Our friends Peter and Carol, who are sailing a loop from Albany, through the NYS canal system, into Lake Ontario, then on to the St. Lawrence River, the Bay of St. Lawrence and back around to their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, put in at the public marina in Ogdensburg for a few days and came to visit us on the farm.
I grew up in Manhattan where my father took me rowing on the Central Park pond. Over the years, I’ve taken rides on friends’ motor boats, I’ve done a bit of paddling, and I’ve ferried to any number of places when I’m traveling. But sailing? Real boating? No. It’s still rowboat and oars for me.
When we went to pick up Carol and Peter at the marina, it was simple to find them. Not only was their boat the only one with a mast, the mast is 58 feet (the boat about 37 feet long). Everyone who walked by looked up. It’s a lovely sailing vessel. Our friends are lifelong sailors, including cross-oceanic voyages. (They are also world-class pediatric neurologists…in their free time.)
Do you paddle? Motorboat? Sail? What’s your favorite water to put in?