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While I was stationed in Panama, I could make extra money by handling ropes on random vessels as they went through the locks. On a good day, you could make fifty bucks and see the entire canal twice. I hope to sail back there someday, but for now I need two more feet of lake to even fit in my slip. FUNNY HOW LIFE CHANGES.
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great photo of you and the little guy...
Thanks SD..Its his birthday today...1 year old!!! But the party will be Sunday, when I arrive.....youpeee!!!
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I've had the privilege and joy of several years wandering through a good portion of the South Pacific, visiting such places as the Society Islands, the Samoan Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Thiland, the Philippines and up along the coast to Japan, the Aleutians and the Alaskan Coast and I've savoured five years of exploring along the 7,500 kilometre network of inland waterways in France. However, as wonderful as all this was, my coolest boating experience was right here in Canada.

In 1971, I was asked to locate "MacKenzie's Rock" and prepare a boat landing site so Governor General Roland Michener could visit it. He was fascinated with Alexander MacKenzie's voyage and wanted to see the site of the 1793 completion of the first European crossing of North America north of Mexico (a dozen years before Lewis & Clark). I researched in the Privincial Archives in Victoria, and found the coordinates of the rock from which Mackenzie reported shooting a merpass with a sea horizon down the sound to the south to established his latitude.

We sailed up the central coast of British Columbia, up Fitz Hugh Sound and Fisher Channel to its eastward bend into Dean Channel and to a prominent rock on the north shore near the entrance to a small inlet. The surrounding topography fit perfectly with MacKenzie's journal descriptions, the view down the channel gave a sea horizon for sun sights and we were at the correct latitude. So I led a small party to prepare a landing and cleared a rough trail onto the top of the rock.

Later I led Governor General Michener up the trail past the rock face on which Mackenzie inscribed "Alex Mackenzie, from Canada, by land, 22nd July, 1793". The site is now marked with a large cairn and preserved as Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park, and an engraved plaque now commemorates the first transcontinental journey.

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I don't have many places to choose from, but I've sailed in the Abocos on two occasions. Once in the early 70’s after 3 friends and I graduated from college. It was a CSY charter/sailing school and the best vacation of my life. The second was some 20 years later as a Scoutmaster with 2 crews of Scouts and leaders in 2 beautiful sailboats from an extension of the Scouts high adventure base program. Not a vacation, but a very rewarding trip in a beautiful part of the world. Someday I hope to be back there.
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I grew up sailing on inland lakes in Wisconsin. As an adult I kept up that routine. Very Fun ! ! ! Speed is great. The best experience came when we took our kids to Lake Superiors Apostle Islands on a charter. Our first morning we woke at Sand Island. We had come in late on the East side of the island and didn't have much of a chance to check things out before dark. I woke before sunrise and went up on deck. The lake was like glass. With the early morning glow I could see that there were sea caves along the islands shore. I spent the next two hours exploring these sea caves by myself. I was inside one as the sun broke above the horizon. With the sun coming straight into the caves, the colors were phenomenal. I will never forget the incredible sights and sounds of nature I experienced that morning.

I proceeded to go back to the boat and wake my wife and boys. We spent the rest of the morning cruising around in the caves created by the lake. We went back again the next summer and have been hooked on cruising since. We will be selling our lake home in the next couple of years and moving onto the water to go were ever we decide to set sail to.
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While I was stationed in Panama, I could make extra money by handling ropes on random vessels as they went through the locks. On a good day, you could make fifty bucks and see the entire canal twice. I hope to sail back there someday, but for now I need two more feet of lake to even fit in my slip. FUNNY HOW LIFE CHANGES.

I am also a memeber of the NYC... what dock/slip are you at? I'm on D dock. and yea... cheney lake is a little low... I'm lucky, my draft is "supposed" to be about 12 inches... We didn't know how important it was to have a shallow draft in Cheney Lake... but we did luck out!

Jody & Rob
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December 6 Rock Port IL. It was so cold the dam electric motors were frozen. The corp used the lock's water pumps to 'push' us out of the lock. I have never been so cold in my life. But it was clear quiet and really helps me enjoy life; in contrast.
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For just boating, our 3 day canoe trip down the Copper River in Alaska, from Kistochena to Chitna, is certainly the most memorable.

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