The opinions, remembrances, reflections, and wisdom of the mother of five homeschooled children as the last one leaves the nest and the ranks of the grandchildren begin to grow.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
UP NORTH 2010 – Wednesday, August 4th
One of the annual treks we have taken with the kids has been kayaking down the Platte River near Empire, Michigan. We broke the tradition today by signing up for a 2 hour sail from Traverse City on the Tall Ship Manitou. A good time was had by all. The crew was very engaging and enlisted volunteers to hoist the sail. This gave John and Bill the opportunity to hoist and ham. At the first shout-out by the crew to "haul away", Bill and John couldn't resist following orders and adding a song. They jumped right into a rendition of Haul Away Joe. I am sure the other passengers thought that they were paid entertainment.
The cruise was a little more docile than we expected due to the fact that we stayed within the confines of Grand Traverse Bay, but it was well worth the time and money. Especially since Bill and John got to play "crewmember" whenever there was a call for volunteers.
This is where Bill and John, with the help of the rest of our family, sang The Gypsy Rover to our crew girl from Poland.
The crew receives more help from Bill and John who apparently wanted to be pirates when they were growing up.