This was a brutal winter. Not the weather, the effect it had on me.
Yesterday we went to the Chicago In-Water Boat Show. There was few sailboats and they had NO PAINKILLERS!
Admission was $12 but we signed up for an intermediate lesson so we could go out for a sail and the total cost, including admission, was $25.
For Chicago and Lake Michigan, the weather was absolutely PERFECT! You might get ten days a year like that so we really got lucky. The boat was 30 something foot Hunter.
I had expected, for that price, that the boat would be crowded, we wouldn't get much time at the wheel and pretty much everything being taught I'd already know. I was right about only the last one.
There were only three "students" on board and one instructor. He was very good at explaining everything. I was just itching to get out. Once we got out on the water, I was in heaven! I let everyone else have their time at the wheel. I was afraid once I got my hands on it, they'd have to hit me with a 2x4 to get me off.
We spent two glorious hours out on the water. I could have easily just not come back. I didn't get all the sailing in I wanted but I got what I needed - a jolt back into the sailing life.
I had spent the entire fall, winter and almost all the spring working on the house. And it had taken its toll. I was in such a funk I had given up up on my dream of selling the house and buying a boat. I didn't believe it would ever happen.
This morning I woke up and felt alive again. I'm glad I'm back. I didn't like that person living in the dungeon. I just need to keep getting my fix.