“All people dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
One dream shared: by August 3rd we will be ready for LOWISA. This is a big task. We have little sailing experience and only once has it been with any amount of wind. We are sailing newbies. But by August 3rd we need to know how to sail and how to race. And the logistics of getting to Kenora, camping for several days in a new place each night, carrying all our supplies in a day sailor, learning the course, dealing with weather and storms, meeting new people is rather daunting in itself. But keep reading and you will be able to track our progress as we dream with open eyes.
Sailing appeals to me in so many ways. First, it is in the glorious outdoors on the glorious water. Sailing is filled with beauty. Sailing is difficult and requires a lot of knowledge: navigation, wind, water, tides, equipment, weather, communication, and sailing itself. A sailor is always learning.
Here is a foretaste of our upcoming sailing season — photos from last summer. Our first day in Ashland, Wisconsin an exciting storm rolled in. It poured rain at the marina barbecue and then the rain stopped and the sky turned dramatic. We have lovely memories of our first night on board the sailboat.
Sunset in the Apostle Islands. See the sliver of a moon?
Hiking the islands.
At the sea caves in northern Wisconsin. This was a frightening hike. We hiked through the woods for three miles and came up a hill to see a life preserver hanging on a tree. The view was dramatic but scary because of the drop-off to Lake Superior below and there are no safety fences. I liked that.
Grand Marais, Minnesota, Lake Superior sunset.