I was on the phone yesterday with a long time fellow Woody Boater who has contributed a ton to our wonderful community. Goes to many events, MANY events and has been doing so for decades. We got to talking about the cost to get to shows and stay. Various spontaneous repairs and the time on the road. By the way, don’t add it up. Because it’s a lot.
For some HUGE, for others, not so much. I suppose it’s all perspective, and at what point its worth it to bring a boat.
Some shows are worth it in spades, Mt Dora is always great because it’s a chance to enjoy boating in a boaters paradise, as was and is the Thousand Islands and Algonac, and Tahoe, and Gull Lake, and small shows on water ways off the fast lane, and smaller more intimate spontaneous events, okay wait, all the shows are fun to go boating at, and you get a chance to hang around with other fellow boaters. Heck even indoor shows at shopping malls can be fun in the winter.
So obviously there is a money cost of bringing yourself and your better half… your boat. But the emotional reward is amazing. You get to hang out with people that enjoy the same “issues” you do. You get to bask in others hard work, and remind yourself that there are real humans behind emails and crappy Facebook posts. This past couple weeks photos and stories are true reminders of the power of fellowship and humanity.
The photos from Alex bay were amazing, but I missed the true joy of being there, and the true joy of just hanging out and being totally immersed in the power of the moment. And that is priceless!