Final days are here once again in the transition from the land-based life. Ranch work punchlists are being knocked off, boat bags are being filled, crew plans are being finalized.
Here’s the crew lineup for the season:
Spring commissioning – Jocelyn
Leg 1, Detroit to Little Current – John Hranac
Leg 2, Little Current to Sault Saint Marie – John Hoopes, Asher Herbstman
Leg 3, Sault Saint Marie to Thunder Bay – John Renna
Leg 4, Thunder Bay around Isle Royale – Walt Lienhard
Leg 4, Apostle Islands to Duluth – Emily Hoopes
Boat prep and road trip to Seattle – Jocelyn
A poem is inspired.
High Plains sun bakes thin June air.
Days blend, lengthening as they go.
Ranch chores distract
As the sea calls again.
What? And Why?
The Rocky Mountain sailor must get his fix.
Trained to travel far
To find oceans to cross.
Each spring the itch
Once all summits are reached
To return to the sea
And cast off the land.
To breath sea air.
To trim the sails.
To peer over the horizon,
Not in a dream.
But for real.