At least 22 boat crews came to “docktails” (dockside social hour) tonight, our last evening of a long stop in Alton, Ill. After the sun set, we hosted four boaters in our salon, lit by solar flames, while snacking on Scotch Eggs that we made in the air fryer.
The Looper community is like a river; it ebbs and flows, divides and converges. In our six days here, we’ve sadly watched familiar friends head down-river before us, reinforced links with friends whose schedules coincide with ours, and met new friends who arrived today. It reminds me of my camaraderie with Navy shipmates, which continues to this day. Your paths join and then diverge, but you remain close, because you shared something special.
Early tomorrow, we will join nine other boats to head down-river, through two locks on the Mississippi, past St. Louis and on toward Kentucky. And so it goes.
I thought six days in one place might be weird, or boring. Nope, neither. It was restful and rejuvenating, for both Jeff and me. As I talk to more and more Loopers about the pace and purpose of The Loop, most mention their desire for pauses to explore and absorb. Linger a bit. Make friends. Yes to all of that!
And there’s the need for maintenance, of both body and boat. See photos and captions below.
6 thoughts on “Community (Day 53-54)”
You are a beautiful writer, concise and flowing as water
So incredible to learn today of your adventure. We are staying at Baraga state park and inquired at the Finns about Jeff and his whereabouts. We were told of t h e story in the L’anse Sentinel and just finished reading it now.
Be safe, enjoy and we’ll be watching.
Thanks for the comment! Jeff says hello!
what a great respite for you guys. So glad you enjoyed St. Louis. Happy sails to Kentucky!
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This sounded like a perfect respite. So many enjoyable moments. I got a taste of that enjoyment looking at your great photos. (Wow that guy is tall!!) Love to you and Jeff