July 15, 2010

A New York summer of sun, water, and exhausting fun

VALOIS, New York, USA - The summer of 2009 was about as cold and wet a summer as anyone here can remember.

This year, I suspect people will talk about the long stretch of dry weather (the grass is brown), the broiling heat and humidity (both in the 90s) and the fact that Seneca Lake has stayed consistently warm enough to swim in - for nearly two weeks.

I am not complaining. I have been swimming every day for nearly two weeks and Admiral Fox has declared herself a 'dock widow,' because I spend so much time on the waterfront.

Brett and Jesse getting married
Brett and Jesse's marriage ceremony

The most recent major social event was Saturday's wedding of cousin Brett to his fiance Jesse - a wedding party that started at 2 p.m. and wound up the next morning, sometime. It was Woodstock III in some ways, with a moving ceremony, fantastic food, and music that went on and on and on.

The Admiral and I ducked out about 10 p.m., quite full of homemade beer and cider.

The next morning, however, many of the hundreds of people at the wedding managed to crawl out of bed (if they slept at all) to go the Hector Firehouse for the breakfast that was served there.

We shot enough video and stills to make a rockumentary, though with the weather so good again today, well, it will have to wait.

Beer balancing
Beer-balancing festivities at the wedding

Big Johnson's
Big Johnson's bar honors the newlyweds

The next big event is today's splash of Eric and Tina Hazlitt's sailboat - a boat Eric and Tina have been working on since last summer.

Yup, since last summer.

Eric tore the boat apart and put it back together during the fall, winter and spring, with finishing touches going on as late as two days ago. It's a beautiful craft and will be the queen of the Peachy Dandy Sailboat Race next month.

Given the ship's long waterline and big sails, I don't think my 16-foot Red Rocket will have much of a chance at catching it, unless the wind is extremely light.

Eric and Tina's boat on trailer
Eric and Tina's boat, ready for the marina

The air temperature just hit 80 degrees Fahrenheit - the magic number that tells me to grab a cooler full of hydration supplies and get down to the waterfront.

I have some cleaning up to do on the Red Rocket before my boat partner, Jennifer Fitch Marshall shows up with her family Saturday from Arizona for a week's vacation and I am sure she will want to squeeze in every minute of sailing time she can.

Mid-week, world cruisers Dan and Lorraine Olsen from, well, South America, Central America (and California), arrive for a week.

But before all that, I realize, the Admiral and I need to get the cabin ready for our next renters, who arrive tomorrow afternoon.

We just bid adieu to three young Canadian women who stayed for a three days and who say they might even return later this summer if we have any time open to rent. They loved the new dock, the kayaks and the waterfront. They also went to a NASCAR race, visited local wineries and went dancing every night, I believe.

It made me a little tired just to write that paragraph.

Our first renters of the season
Our first renters of the 2010 season

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