Thanks to Woody Boaters Alex and Salter Watson for sending in this wonderful father son last gasp from one of our favorite places, Hessel Michigan in one of our favorite boats. Take it away Mr Watson.
My last gasp this year was a happy time. It was a three day weekend — just Salter and I. The first day was a sunny evening boat ride to Cedarville for pizza in Marion E. The second day, a Sunday, was a final cruise in Marion E at a Mayer-esque speed (slow ahead) on glassy calm, moody water. He and I took photos.
I’d never seen flat light so beautiful. (There was a potter in Hessel who captured that local light perfectly in his work. He died about 30 years ago and prices for his works have since soared. I think people see the soul he captured in it.)
The third day, Monday, was where I taught Salty the importance of blowing off school to bask in the magic of a Fall day about 20 degrees above normal.
I told him taking days like this is important for the soul, and that the goodness lingers. That morning, we spent in the Whaler. He navigated through Chase’s Cut, which is not much wider than Marion E, with rocks on both sides.
He did it perfectly. We then headed out on the open water. He’s going to be a fine boatsman.