Preview: The Influence of Friends Gathering Down at the Lake
April 15, 2012
A start in small boats.
I could, if I thought about it, trace my introduction to small boats back to a single person, or more precisely a loose group of conspirators. While I’m not naming names, I will relate the story. I don’t recall exactly how I came to spend time with this eclectic band, but I was in my mid-teens and it was the mid 1970s.
Someone in our group had access to a wooded peninsula on a large inland lake. The property was about 25 miles out of town and on weekends we’d meet there to camp, play with cameras, and play around in small boats. The boats arrived tied to, or towed behind, an assortment of older sports cars. I recall a Triumph TR3, an orange Spitfire, and a collection of Fiats. The rest of us biked out on wildly inappropriate road bikes with sew-up tires. Remember those?