July 14, 2005

Camp scene


From this dock, my Dad will often say, you could sail around the world.

My parents' land is a peninsula, tucked into a protected marsh, full of cattails and turtles and water snakes. The land you see across the bay is an island, and on the other side of that island is the river, deep and cold and clear.

When we want to swim, we usually pile into boats, go out to the river, choose an uninhabited island, and jump right in. But if we didn't stop at an island, if we sailed far enough, we could eventually sail out into the ocean, and all the way around the world.

My Dad's boat is not really big enough for that, of course. It's a seventeen foot wooden boat that he designed and built himself. It's designed for this particular bay, actually, not the open sea. But I think my Dad likes to think that from this dock, anything is possible.

7 comments:

Songbird said...

Your picture captures just that feeling of limitless possibility.

Mona Buonanotte said...

Wow, suddenly I'm 7 years old again and lounging at my grandparents cottage by the lake. Lovely photo, jo(e)!

halloweenlover said...

You make me want to save up every cent to buy a tiny cottage on a lake, just to have those memories.

Running2Ks said...

I wanna go there!

Friday Mom said...

It's great to have a place that gives you such a dreamy, positive perspective. I felt that when I reached the top of nearby mountain in Marin when I lived there. I need to find a place like that here.

Mieke said...

Lovely

RussianViolets said...

Oh, Jo(e), I so want to visit.