This is one of those times of the year that’s tough here at Woody Boater HQ in Virginia. Each year, the International ACBS show is held during the same time as my local show in Reedville, and the one on Smith Mountain Lake also in Virginia. Some of you may say, hey Matt, do them all. Well Virginia is larger than it may look. Smith Mountain Lake is farther than New York City for me for example. Thats right, it takes less time to get to Lake Hopatcong than it does to SML.. Crazy? Yes. Reedville is a block away, and yet, if work calls, and it’s been screaming at me lately. It’s a 3 hour haul each way …All the shows get lost. The crazyer thing is that in Virginia September is the absolute best boating time of the year. Calm, clean waters mixed with low humidity 73 degree days. This year, I swore I was going to go to Idaho, so did Texx. We had a cabin all rented out for the entire week. But work and life got in the way of all of it. Virginia and Idaho all took back seat to a laptop in a cube. AHHHHHHHHHHHH. We did have reporters on the job though. The fun emails behind the scenes were fun yet painful to read since I was not there.
Paul Harrison of course broke down on the way to a photo shoot for us. And I missed that! Forget the amazing boats at the show, or fun gang to hang out with. Missing Paul break down again, is painful.
And then, as one reader on Facebook said yesterday, ” Pretty thin coverage of the International Show.” OUCH… So I apologize for the thin coverage of Idaho, it’s 100% my fault here at HQ…Not anyone elses. With that said though, a huge big special fantastic thanks to Wes Yandt, Steve Natale and Ron Stevenson for saving the day though and sending in great photos of the show so we could get a taste of one of the top shows of the year. To Texx, who despite being busy, was able to post the stories and winners in live time as they were being announced. We thank you for the sleepless nights Texx. He was up at 3 AM on some nights waiting and writing. We had a big time photographer Shaun Fenn, who has been shooting in Florida, Smith Mountain Lake and Lake Tahoe for the past month there in Idaho. He had to fly in from FLA for the show just for us. Thanks to the ACBS for providing the credentials to allow that to happen. We were there to shoot a new way at looking at the lifestyle of Woody Boating. Not dock shots or boat glamor shots this year. We all can see those shots on facebook, twitter, Skyfly, flicker, the list goes on. We wanted to try a new thing, it just takes time to work out. We will break this work soon once its completed. To say its amazing is an understatement from the raw stuff thats coming in already. Thanks again for your comments and reports. Stay tuned for the amazing results from our special lifestyle photo shoot.