The Rambling Writer: Playing Pirates!

Ahoy! Join Captain Thor and me as we launch our new pirate boat, RV (Recreational Vessel) Nereid.

NOTE: I promise we will return to the sacred Greek island of Delos in next week’s blog post. “Life” just got a little topsy-turvy this week, when I was kidnapped by pirate Thor….

If you follow my Rambling Writer episodes, you know that this has not been a typical summer of hiking and biking for me. A new physical therapy regime (after many months of false starts and reinjury) that I fervently hope will finally help my torn hip tendon heal mandated that I limit almost all walking. My hero Thor has been creative in coming up with ways to get me outside, as he may have noticed me ready to chew my leg off like some desperate animal in a trap. So he turned pirate and ordered an inflatable raft so we could go pillaging (and swimming) on the waves of nearby Lake Whatcom. Of course, this involved tricking out the raft with a transom and electric trolling motor, as well as bags of gear, beer, and a small battery-powered pump to inflate the raft. We never go light….

Ready to launch!

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The Rambling Writer: Playing Pirates! — 4 Comments

  1. Heh! I suspect that the buccaneers of the 1600s and 1700s would facepalm at the sight of that dread pirate flag flying high over a rubber dinghy, I thought it was hilarious. What a beautiful spot!

    • Thanks, Sherwood! Our strategy would be to paralyze them with confusion and disbelief, then sneak in for the plunder. And, yes, we are very lucky to live close to such a beautiful lake.