Today is my Dad’s 76th birthday. This picture was taken this past summer on Big Birch Lake. For as long as I can remember sailboats have been a part of my life. The first sailboat I remember was one that Mom gave Dad for a Christmas present and he built-in the dining room during the winter months after Christmas. They had to do some remodeling in the kitchen to get the boat out in the spring.
Next it was a bit larger version that he rebuilt in the backyard. It was an old wooden boat that needed much TLC. There were many trips to Johnson Boat Works that summer. Dad had this boat when I was learning how to drive so I learned how to back the boat behind a large van down the boat ramp and into the water. It’s a skill that my husband has come to appreciate over the years as we’ve launched our speedboat at the public access on our lake.
This sailboat we pulled on a trailer from Minnesota all the way to the South Padre Islands in Texas in the middle of winter so Dad could try sailing in the Gulf of Mexico.
After that it was the more adventurous stage in sailing when he bought a catamaran sailboat, There were many wild rides on that boat. One ride in particular I remember well because it was the Fourth of July and we tipped the boat over and were bobbing in the lake for a while as boats passed us on all sides including the sheriff.
His current boat is the one in the picture. The past few years I haven’t gone sailing much but made a point to go one afternoon with Mom and Dad. Mom packed wine and cheese and crackers for our afternoon. A pleasant afternoon with many pleasant memories of past sailing adventures.
Happy Birthday Dad!