Day 43, May 12, Deck Fluff

13 05 2012

OK, I’m almost 65, but today I was ‘Deck fluff’, (a term ‘usually’ used for young, gorgeous, bikini-clad girls who adorn the bows of boats), but in my case, I had to sit outside on our 12 ft.-bow bench at the front of our boat to fully experience the beauty that was passing by. How glorious is SPRING! Today the water was like glass,(NO WIND,Thank God), and we were the only boat on the canal. Most of the time we were surrounded by wilderness and it was sooooo peaceful. The temperature reached the 70’s by noon and I was barefoot on the boat. We went through 5 locks and because of the calm, they were very easy. We stopped at Little Falls and biked to town—very typical small-town-America–(Canada, too)–farmers market in the parking lot of the bank, high school kids having a car wash, old guys sitting on a bench discussing the weather and their ailments (probably politics, too). About half of the stores on the main street were empty, (very typical of small-town main streets), but the ‘General Dollar’ was packed.

I can’t believe that we will be home in less than a week. It feels like we’ve been travelling forever! But, it has been so amazing! I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity. It truly is a life-changing experience! It’s so much more than the places you visit: “Any traveller who misses the journey misses about all he’s going to get—that a man becomes his attentions, his motivations and his observations and his curiosity; they make and remake him.” William Least Heat Moon

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on , deep and permanent in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard

“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” Lawrence Durrell

“It can be dangerous to travel. A strong reflective light is cast back on ‘real life’,sometimes a disquieting experience. Sometimes you go to the far interior and who knows what you might find. The passionate traveller looks for something. Something must change you, some ineffiable something—or nothing happens. ‘Change me into something I am. Change—the transforming experience, is part of the quest in travelling.” Frances Mayes

Tonight we a docked near Lock 21 and it is sooooo peaceful here. In our Skipper Bob handbook it referes to this spot as being ‘so quiet that the ‘city folks’ won’t be able to sleep’. Oh, ya,just watch me!!!

Nite nite.

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6 responses

13 05 2012
gigi

I know this is yesterday’s post…but I’m going to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day anyway!

Glad the wind settled down for you guys and you had a lovely, peaceful day!

g

14 05 2012
huguettebulmer

Hi Gigi. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Today is our last day on the canals. We’ll wait for the best weather to cross the lake, and should be at the Whitby Yacht club on Tues. Ryan and Rochelle want to meet us there, so we are calling them when we know an exact time of arrival — we’d love to see you guys, too,so we’ll call you, too if you would like. Luv hug

14 05 2012
gigi

Are you coming back Tuesday the 15th or next Tuesday the 22nd?

15 05 2012
huguettebulmer

Tomorrow! We will call to let you know the time.

15 05 2012
gigi

Tomorrow!!! Oh SH#TE! I better start making phone calls! I’m working ’til 8:30 but will be there afterwards. Let me know the time of arrival and I’m sure there will be a few out to greet you. But, how do we get in to the yacht club if we’re not members??? See you tomorrow!

13 05 2012
Barry Loma

happy moms day to you
also happy birthday next week as i dont have an address yet
safe travels
love momj

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