A HUGE thanks to longtime fellow Woody Boater Lee Wangstad for sending in this very nice report from the Lakes Diamond Classic Boat show Saturday. To quote Lee.. “it doesn’t include any dogs or marine railways, but the boats are pretty cool.” HAHHAHAHAHA! love it. By the way all the captions are actual real captions. It’s like a day off. Not that I am not a little off every day. Take it away Lee.
You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. There was a pleasant breeze coming off of Lake Darling just strong enough to keep the temperatures cool enough to prevent any kind of sweating. There were a few non-threatening clouds that gave brief moments of relief from the hot summer sun, and my burn wasn’t nearly as bad as I remember the last show I attended here two years ago.
Yes, it is good to be back. Getting together with old friends, making some new ones, talking till my throat seems raw, yeah, like, all the way home, back to Nisswa. And as well as talking, listening was particularly difficult for me this day, as I was working with my backup hearing aids, as like my MGB, they were in the shop. The backups offer a particularly tinny sound, meant to accentuate consonants, and by the time I was headed home, opted for silence without any type of musical entertainment, with the backups sitting on the console beside me. But hey, tomorrow’s a brand new day, I’ll try work them in again.
But the feeling was great, walking the docks talking about the boats, learning new things. Experiencing boats that I haven’t seen before. Once again, the Legacy of the Lakes Museum of Alexandria, Minnesota was hosting their Diamond Classic Boat Show. Many of you may remember the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum from the ACBS International Boat Show in 2015 or from a private visit. They have reinvented themselves under a new title and with new drive to become even more comprehensive in representing the lake life culture, centering on the Minnesota experience. Worth a visit, if you’re near. Or, if you’re not, worth the trip as a destination.
The whole thing seemed kinda surreal, like out of the twilight zone. Like I knew the feeling, but was experiencing it for the first time. It took a while to get used to. I had been to the Moonlight Bay show up on the Whitefish Chain a couple of weeks before, but getting back to Alexandria was special. I mean, the Whitefish Show was fantastic, but each new show is going to be like the first time. You know? This is great! When I look at my calendar, think of the shows, the feeling like I’m experiencing them all over again, only with new boats, some new faces, I mean, just what could get any better than that! It’s like time has moved ahead, but I’ve remained stationary. Anybody out there shaking their head in agreement? Probably not. Inside my head is a strange place lately. Gotta shake it off.
There was great enthusiasm, particularly among the skippers. I was seeing optimism again. I was feeling it. There was excitement, like it was busting out all over. Anyway, as you’ll see by the pictures, fun was had by all, both by skippers and spectators alike. Minnesota is alive once again.