All Is Well In The World! Boat Ride Therapy Session Complete!
What a difference a two hour boat ride can do! WOW! its like every tension, problem and whatever, just poof vanished, with the turn of a key and twist of a throttle. This is the time of year here in Virginia that can be spotty, but when its nice, it’s breath taking nice. And yesterday was one of those special days.
Flat water, crisp sunlight, and 75 degrees. natures AC was cranking and we all just had our way with it all.To top it all off, the Van Ness W is running like a sewing machine, head bolts are staying tight, no oil consumption, and things are settling in. Even ran her full throttle for 20 minutes flat out. She liked that alot. So that was that.
I am off to Canada this week for another shoot, and that may have been my last gasp. Although I am hoping to have one or two more rides. There is something special when you think that it may have been the last though.
You do take some beautiful shots from the bow- that is not for the faint of heart either!
Glad to see you made it out on the water.
Yesterday was beautiful here also. We made it to lunch at Trevett Country Store and after lunch went for a drift through Ovens Mouth. Depending on if the tide is coming in or going out we start at one end, shut the engine off, and simply drift with the current through this pristine land trust. Very Therapeutic!
This is what Ovens Mouth looks like from the boat.
Double dog dare you to try and get those shots from the stern of our barrelback 😉
Glad you all had a great day!
great day in VA…nothing like it!
Paddled on the James River yesterday…perfect weather…took a nap with girlfriend on a rock mid stream…good for the soul.
John in Va.
Great shots. Impressed that you can routinely climb over the windshield without cracking the glass. I did it once, replaced it and never did it again.
after your award winning video of how to get boat on trailer a while back it is time for a repeat performance of backing into a slip sober
Still waiting for a dry day here in Northern Illinois to get out.
Matt, where is the picture from the helm of you holding on to the bow to take the pictures. The shots are great and you have obviously mastered the art. Would just like to see how it is done.
It is done with a bunch of complex gear and state of the art safety equipment…oh wait, no it isn’t! Actually, Matt is much more agile than he looks. He simply walks around the windshield, his trusted assistant hands him the camera, and then takes shots laying down and standing up.
And Step 4:
Agile is not the word for it. I though there was a selfie stick involved. No it is a Matt stick. Holy crap! And the expensive Nikon to boot. I will wait to get more experience on the bow with nothing in my arms.
Thanks for the step by step instructions. I would be step 5: Splash!
Step 5 was hand the camera back. During step 6 is when the driver slams the boat into reverse. At least that is what I would do. Perhaps that is why Matt doesn’t let me drive anymore.
Two most relaxing things in my world are fishing and woody boating. I did both on Saturday and actually caught a fish so it was a great day.
And yes I get a lot of funny looks fishing out of runabout but I don’t care.
I drive from the 2nd largest city in the US to 5200 ft…Just the approach makes my heart pound. The ritual starts, taking off the cover, putting in my flags, giving her a good polish, then just turning over the engine ( praying like mad that it starts! ) and the beautiful sounds of the exhaust pipes in the water…untie, pull in the buoys…..and I am off!
The cobwebs, the angst, the toughest about what a crazy scary world we are living in, all start to clear…and all is good in the world for a few hours and I thank buddha for the huge gifts I have….one being my Woody!….and the song in my hear always ….Heaven, I am in Heaven….
HA….read this back to myself (sorry about the auto correct spelling ) and I realized it is all very Freudian….oh well!…..at least it’s not fiberglass!
and the guys only like 110 lbs now, so its easy for him.
If he keeps losing weight, it will start to get harder. It is not easy to tell from the pictures but we were moving along at a good 20+ mph when I shot those. If he gets too light, he will blow right off the bow!