Saturday, January 14, 2017

Boats

I've loved boats all my life. When I was a child, I helped my granddaddy Pap build flat bottom skiffs under a black cherry tree in the corner of his yard. Well, helped him build might be a bit of bluster. I handed him a hammer and fetched nails when he ran low. Mostly I sat on a sawhorse and watched.

When I started to high school, I helped my dad built a small fishing cabin on the Black Warrior River. And soon after that, he bought a 14-foot V-bottom fishing boat. I was driving that boat long before I was old enough to drive a car, though I started driving early too.

I'm thinking a future column might be on the topic of boats. The idea came to mind today as I flipped through some old pictures trying to find something for tonight's blog.

I came across a photo I took a few years ago when we spent our anniversary in Fairhope, Alabama. Jilda and I walked down to the public pier which juts into Mobile Bay and I saw boats berthed on a wharf adjacent to the pier.

We'll see if the column develops. I hope you all have a great weekend.


13 comments:

  1. Boats and memories, I have loved anything that floats me thinks. Even the ones I built that had to be continually bailed. Good one dude, and I do like the picture.

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  2. I do enjoy being on a boat even though it has not been that often. There is something about being right on the water and seeing the sights from there

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  3. Water, moving or still is such a benison. And a boat helps us get closer to that blessing. Says the woman who gets appallingly seasick. And still loves boats and water.

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  4. Grew up with boats. Raced small sailboats as a teen. My brother retired and spent years cruising with his wife on a 40 foot sailboat. I crewed on a few short trips, but I am a fair weather sailor only.

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  5. I've never had the opportunity to be on a boat but once or twice but I do love the beach where you do get to see a lot of them and they always look like a lot of fun. Hope the two of you have a wonderful Sunday !

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  6. I have a nautical mind so of couse I love boats too. I like to make sailboats with driftwood when I can an I love paintings of boats as well.
    Lisa

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  7. Gorgeous photo! My mom loves boats too! She could sit by the water for hours and watch them, if she isn't on one! Have a great day!

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  8. I think most everyone love boats...I love boats too and once I even sat at the wheel to steer the big tourist boat called The Pioneer Princess and I have a picture to prove it. The Captain was by my side of course. We were on a little cruise on the St John River with my husband's graduation class. It was fun to steer the boat although I would not have attempted to dock it.

    Beautiful photo by the way...
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. Happy Birthday Big Guy.
    Julia

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  10. It should be a wonderful post. Incorporating your memories with information about the boats tossed in sounds good to me.

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  11. I LOVE what you write regardless of the subject matter!!

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  12. I remember spending many summers on a lake in a motor boat with my dad... my sisters and I had fun with the water spraying in our faces... I tried water skiing but I could never make it up on them xox

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  13. I feel the same way about trains

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