CEDAR G: Whenever we talk about swinging, this is it: we take a rope (halyard) that attaches to the top of the mast. We have a little handle that we tie on to the end of the rope. We stand on the dodger (the roof of the cockpit) holding on to the handle. We jump off over the water, swing around over the water on one side of the boat, and land with our toes on the lifelines at the bow (front) of the boat. We reposition our toes on the lifelines, launch off again, and land back on the dodger. It is a little tricky at first but once you get into the swing of things (hee hee) it is super fun and easy. Once we can do that easily, we start doing “360s.” That’s when we do a twist, or turn 360 degrees around while still landing easily. Once we got bored doing that then we started doing “720s” or “double twists.” That’s when we turn around twice before landing. We haven’t quite mastered that yet, but we are getting there. Coulter also bounces while he is swinging. It makes the whole boat rock.
COULTER: We motored to Port Coldwell from the Slate Islands on a super-foggy day. We needed to have a couple of people at the bow to make sure we did not run into anything, and a couple of people watching the radar, and a couple of people watching the GPS—and, of course, someone steering. Port Coldwell is super-cool. There are rocks everywhere. In the way into the Bay there are really tall cliffs that reach easily 140 feet high. There are also sweet boulders everywhere. There are also lots of ruins from the construction of the railroad. I kayaked to all of these things; they look a lot cooler from down on the level of the water. It’s been foggy the entire time we’ve been here, so though the water is clear it looks totally black. It is my favorite place I have been on this trip.
CEDAR: We are in Port Coldwell. There are old fishing boats and old train tracks and a huge wood-and-metal thing that we think is a crane that unloaded railroad supplies off of boats. In the middle of the ruins a Canada goose is sitting on a nest and a beaver made a den in them too. It is fun to explored the old things and try to figure out why people used them. There is even a waterfall nearby.
LAMAR: We made up this rule where everyone has to make a meal on the trip. Last night Cedar H. and I made fish cakes and coleslaw because the only veggies we had were carrots and cabbage. I learned that flipping little cakes is one of the most fun things there is to do on a small boat. Especially when they don’t fall apart. It also made me realize how much work it is to cook for eight people. I’m glad that’s not my job every night.
We also have a game called the carabiner game. This is how it works: someone starts out with a carabiner. Then they try to attach it to someone without that person noticing. If they succeed, then when that person does eventually notice they try to clip it onto someone else. It’s been going on for pretty much the whole trip and it keeps you on your guard because if you’re not you might end up with a carabiner attached to you and that gets pretty awkward when you’re talking in a presentation.
What is Sea Change 2016? A spring sailing voyage on Lake Superior! Life-changing adventure with a purpose: to inform, demonstrate, and inspire climate change solutions along the shores of Lake Superior. Follow along through the crew’s regular blog posts.