Night on the Harbor ~ The 104th Race to Mackinac

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    So what if I just decided to do it on Friday night.

    My bags were packed by 1:45 am on Saturday.

    I gotta get to the harbor by 7:30 and I still feel like I'd like to drink a beer or two or three maybe.

    An administrative oversight by yours truly has left yours truly overdrawn in the bank account to the tune of fifteen hundred bucks.

    Yours truly is truly bummed.

    Since that can't be fixed until Monday morning it seemed like a perfect plan.

    Jump a sailboat to Mackinac Island.

    Don't need any dough for that.

    I dunno... it could take three... four days maybe.

    But first I gotta talk someone into taking me.

    I've never been on a sailboat before.

    I've always wanted to.

    And I'm a quick learner.

    I grew up on powerboats so I'm good on the water.

    I've just never been propelled by the wind.

    At least in the direction I wanted to go.

    I gotta get someone to take me on this run.

    I could really use the blue water days.

    Do some reading...

    some writing...

    kick back and chill...

    learn to sail...

    or at least just quickly do what the Captain tells me to do.

    I don't even know what all of that shit is called...

    those cranky things...

    the sails...

    I'm just not gonna point out the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing you know what I'm sayin?

    I'll figure it out.

    And it ain't like the skipper's gonna throw me overboard for bein' a dipshit.

    Or stop at the next harbor.

    It's a freakin' race.

    And any good Captain could get the biggest idiot in the world to do what needs to be done.

    That settles it doesn't it?

    I need a good Captain.

    And a 'three day boat.'

    I only got three or four days.

    And then I still gotta hitch hike back from Mackinac Island to Chicago.

    I should have rectified that administrative oversight by then.

    It all works out.

    It always does.

    Because I live in 'Viewminderworld.'

    And whoever has the balls to take Viewminder on is gonna get some really good closeup shots of the crew and the boat in action.

    Grenzeloos1, hornbost, Lori Lefebvre, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Matt Warrell / マットワッレル [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

      Love the tones, nice work! :)

    2. RavenSpirit Images 33 months ago | reply

      Stay out of trouble and stay out of jail with the bank.

    3. Viewminder 33 months ago | reply

      I'm gettin' ready to go fugitive!

      I never even told any of the Captains tonight my real name... I just gave them a 'Viewminder' card.

      I'll take care of that bank shit Monday morning.

      If my cellphone works on the middle of Lake Michigan.

      Unfortunately that big overdraft kind of cramped my 'weekend style.'

      I need to get on a boat to Mackinac.

    4. Justin DeAre [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

      Two things....

      1. You're going to need to get on a fast boat to get there and back in 3 days. Probably something in the Turbo class.
      2. There's a bus back to Chicago after.

    5. Viewminder 33 months ago | reply

      I just need to get there in three days.

      I guess the average time is around forty hours.

      Fast is twenty four and holding up the rear is sixty hours.

      The bus sounds good but I've go no dough due to that minor clerical error so I gotta get a free ride back.

      I just wanna shoot some cool race pictures.

    6. Tim L Lowe 33 months ago | reply

      Oooooooo! Beautiful night shot at the harbor.

    7. Viewminder 33 months ago | reply

      It seemed so much more probable that I'd he a ride when everyone was drinking last night.

    8. Lori Lefebvre 33 months ago | reply

      ~HI MY Friend Mr Viewminder~
      Beautiful Night on The Harbor Shot :):)
      I Love All Your Shots of these boats !!!
      Especially The Eagle One !!!
      Have a REally Good Sailing Weekend !!!

    9. Jacqui Stanley(trying to catch up again!) 33 months ago | reply

      More adventures in Viewminderworld! :-D

    10. jayfowler2 33 months ago | reply

      Can't wait to see how this all turns out

    11. Viewminder 33 months ago | reply

      edit earth VM1_6041

      I totally bombed it!

      I learned one very powerful lesson though.

      If you're going to take advantage of people's goodwill...

      there's no better time to do it than when they've been drinking.

      I should have made or extracted some commitments when I crashed the party at the yacht club.

      Everyone was knockin' back copious quantities of their favorite adult beverages and there was this atmosphere of love and camaraderie in the air.

      I had a good time hangin' out all hungover in the harbor this morning with all of the other hungover people but I never scored a ride on a sailboat.

      Fate: 1
      Viewminder: 0

      Not one to take such failure sitting down I'd normally soothe myself by engaging in an exciting evening of debauchery but that overdraft situation precludes such happenings.

      When one is forced by such temporary economic happenstance to consider eating dehydrated camping food for subsistence it is probably best for one's spirit if one is indeed actually camping.

      I shall not be daunted.

      It was a 'wild hair' plan and it bombed on my ass.

      Between now and the end of this evening I can assure you that there will be another 'wild hair' plan forthcoming.

      Regardless of whatever misfortunes fate should throw my way I cannot let a weekend go to waste!

      One cannot force these inspirations though.

      The night is young with the 'double sun of destiny,'

      Actually I really didn't sleep because I was up so late packing.

      And it's only 2:30 in the afternoon.

      I guess that's why it feels like it's 'night.'

      Perhaps it's a good time to take a nap after throwing a load of laundry in and waking up to a shower.

    12. bytegirl24 33 months ago | reply

      beautiful tones and light, very nice!

    13. (Urban) on/off 33 months ago | reply

      superb !!

      love the adventure !!

    14. Mike | MP-P 33 months ago | reply

      That's an awesome series of images. That shot from Alaska is superb - reminds me of that TV show about the crab fishermen. Nautical themes rock!

    15. f r a g i l e . 33 months ago | reply

      Seen & Admired in " f l i c k "

    16. Dragostesun Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Your photo SCREAM 0F THE PH0T0GRAPHER !!!
      Thank you for sharing with us

      Created by Hülya I Coskun

    17. SolanoSnapper 33 months ago | reply

      Your photo SCREAM 0F THE PH0T0GRAPHER !!!
      Thank you for sharing with us

      Created by Hülya I Coskun

    18. Anne J.ღ Back !! ~ slow catch up . . 33 months ago | reply

      It`s like a breath of fresh air visiting your stream. . . I have absolutely no idea what you`re on about - but who cares :-)) excellent captures !

    19. Viewminder 33 months ago | reply

      That makes two of us!

      Rock on Anne!

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