Saturday June 19, 2010
Another weekend, another group of friends. Â I think we’re starting to get pretty popular. Â The friends we had out this time were Ken and Mindy, one of Matt’s co-workers and his wife. Â These friends are going to be joining us on a trip across Lake Michigan next month to Milwaukee, and even though we love just hanging out with them in general we thought it would be a good idea to have them on the boat for the night so they could get a sense of the space we have on board and if they’d be able to stay cooped up on it for 12 hours straight. Â Plus I’ve seen how Mindy packs for weekend trips and I wanted her to see how little storage there is on the boat, especially with 4 people on it. Â Not that I would have known any better myself before owning a boat though. Â We’ll still have to see if any editing needs to be done once they arrive for the trip. Â There might be cocktail dresses and heels going overboard.
After a nice dinner in Muskegon sitting on a patio and listening to live music we made our way back to the boat for some after dinner drinks and a sunset cruise. Â I was quite excited about this, because as weird as it sounds being on the lakeshore, we rarely ever see sunsets except from our mooring. Â But an unobstructed view of the horizon is a beautiful sight that I will never get sick of. Â There wasn’t much wind, but for some reason there were rolling waves on the water. Â This is absolutely my least favorite combination. Â I can get seasick pretty easily sometimes but can usually get over it if I have a nice breeze on my face. Â However, if there’s no breeze there’s no feeling better. Â I usually only start to get sick if I’m trying to do something in the cabin, so after trying to be a good hostess and mix a rum and diet for Mindy my stomach started to get queasy and I was off drink duty. Â It was time to put Matt to work anyway.
We had a good time puttering around at a slow pace and dangling our feet off the back ladder into the water. Â The water felt surprisingly warm for June, and when we checked our gages it showed 75. Â I would have guessed that for Muskegon Lake, but both Matt and I have taken May swims in Lake Michigan with under 60 degree water temperatures so I did not think the big lake would heat up this quickly. Â Although we had all brought our suits none of us quite felt like jumping in just yet. Â So we hung around the cockpit laughing and having a good time. Â There was a little bit of a seating issue since Mazzii had the whole starboard side to herself leaving the four of us to take any open space we could find. Â Since we were only a few days from the longest day of the year, the sun didn’t start to dip below the horizon until 9:30. Â Even after it was down the sky stayed a blazing orange and red until well after 10:00. Â Yep, I could never get sick of this.
Keeping an eye on Ken so he won’t push her in
Me? Â Space hog?
Bringing the boat back to the mooring there was not a breath of wind in the air. Â We took advantage of this by bringing out a deck of cards to play a few games. Â I’ma lover of gin rummy and poker (five card draw, NOT Texas hold ’em), but it seems like every other person in the world loves Euchre. Â I was quickly out-voted when Matt decided he wouldn’t vote, and I was forced to brush up on my Euchre skills that I haven’t used in forever. Â To even things out I was paired with Ken while Matt paired with Mindy so each team had at least one person who knew what they were doing. Â Ever fearful I had no idea what card to throw down when, Ken and I easily pulled in a victory since each round I usually had a Jack in my hand.
I was not too keen on playing another round, so when Matt suggested going for a midnight swim I actually took a moment to ponder the idea. Â I’m not much of a night swimmer and I’m not much of a swimmer in Muskegon Lake but at the time it sounded like the best idea ever. Â After a little prodding Mindy was on board too. Â I won’t lie, we did have to take a shot of Mailbu to give ourselves a little extra courage before we put our suits on. Â It was still sounding like a good idea until we were standing at the edge of the deck looking down at the black water. Â Every girly we were holding onto each other’s hands so one wouldn’t jump into the water without the other. Â Taking a deep breath we made the plunge. Â The water was very warm and we were splashing around having a good time, climbing back on and jumping off again and again. Â Soon Matt was also in on the action and I was pretty sure this was going to have to become a ritual.
On the count of three, jump!!
After fully tiring ourselves out we dried off in the cockpit with one last drink for the night. Â Matt shuttled Ken and Mindy off to the parking lot and sent them on their way. Â Sloppily making the bed in the v-berth I waited for him to come back and we both crawled in to go to bed. Â Yes, I am definitely loving weekends on the boat now.