This week I've been home at our float cabin. Powell Lake has about 250 water access only cabins. Some cabin owners trailer their boats to and from the lake. At the Shinglemill, there's a marina. These boats stay in the water most or all of the year. Here's Mr. Boat in his slip. For people who use their cabins more regularly, having a slip is much easier.
A neighbour of ours in Hole in the Wall also keeps his boat in the Shinglemill marina.
While Bob doesn't stay at his cabin much in the off season, he often comes up the lake to check on things and short getaways. His boat's name is Private Dancer.
Wayne wrote about Private Dancer in Up the Winter Trail. On a very windy day, we were hunkering down in our cabin. You know if it's choppy in the Hole, it's nasty in the open section that John calls the North Sea. Waves can get over three feet high and make transit unsafe for small boats.
The late-morning wind whips strong enough to spin the blades of the wind generator ("We're making electricity!"). I'm surprised to see Private Dancer, the green and white boat from the other occupied cabin, plowing out of the Hole. It proceeds slowly through the rare condition of whitecaps in this bay. Private Dancer enters the channel, and turns south towards First Narrows. I wouldn't chance a departure with winds like this, but this boater is probably more experienced. Yet, his slow pace indicates caution. If the North Sea is too rough, he can always turn back. Sure enough, fifteen minutes later, Private Dancer returns. Good decision.Want the whole story? Up the Winter Trail is available in print and e-book formats. And for a limited time, it's available free at the Amazon Prime Kindle lending library. -- Margy