Many of you already know that the crew of s/v Sea Change has been stuck in port for nearly a month longer than originally planned, due to an extremely long winter (even by Minnesota/Wisconsin standards!) and then last week’s constant rain storms and fog. You can imagine our excitement when the weather cleared up yesterday afternoon! Beyond “ready”, we set sail early this morning. Out of the protected harbor, through the shipping channel, and out into Lake Superior. When Franklin woke up, we were already underway. His first question was “The boat is making me wiggle. Why?”. He was excited to suit up and come topsides to see the waves.
Although our enthusiasm wasn’t cooled a bit, our bodies were were soon seriously chilled. It didn’t take Franklin long at all to say “I want to go inside. I like to be cozy“. ”Cozy” is one of Franklin’s favorite words these days. So down below he went, where he happily snuggled in “blankies” and napped away. As for me, I had to change from my “regular” weather gear into my super-secret-weapon-take-on-the-world Mustang Survival Suit. Seriously sailors, if you have any plans for high latitude sailing, I’m going to recommend this suit. Not only is is incredibly warm, it is also a “float coat”, meaning it has PFD material built in. No, I’m not being sponsored by Mustang. But hey, Mustang, if you’re reading this with interest, you should totally message me.
Thankfully, the cold cold wind died down by about noon, and the sun came out. By the time we reached Knife River Marina, the temperature was very comfortable. We all went for a walk up to one of our favorite local businesses, Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. The smoked meats and fish are local and delicious, and the proprietor is very friendly. We come here whenever we’re in town. Nope, no sponsorship arrangement here, either.
After the guys picked out their smokehouse delicacies, we went into Knife River, where Franklin was thrilled to find a park to play in. Tomorrow, we’re off for the Apostle Islands. The forecast promises warmer winds, but I’ve got my Survival Suit set up at the top of the locker, just in case.