Today's theme: In Transit
Surrounding the boat on every side were red sandstone cliffs. Often it looked like the way ahead of you was completely blocked, and it wasn't until you came right up to the edge that you saw that there were 2 cliffs that didn't touch and there was a passage through on one side or the other...
Navigating from the geography shown on the map turned out to be pretty difficult - in the boat you never had a bird's eye view (like on the map) and the "landmarks" had somewhat unhelpful names like "castle rock" - NOT pictured below, although this looks as much like a castle to me as everything else out there!
Of course, there were numbered buoys in the lake and on the map. It drove my husband crazy because the location of the buoys in the lake only roughly corresponded to the location of the buoys on the map.
Another challenge was assessing distances to things. At least, it was difficult until I figured out this simple heuristic: when you look at an object and wonder how far away it is, it turns out you couldn't go wrong if you estimated that the answer was "far."
The collision was imminent! They watched in horror as events unfolded over the next 10 minutes as if in slow motion...
Yup, it was that fast... ;)
During our entire 6 day trip, we only touched civilization once - when we stopped at the Dangling Rope Marina (see below) to refuel. My husband was at the helm and he slid our houseboat into the slip as smoothly as silk - as if he had been doing it all his life.
Then he realized that (just like in a rental car!) the gas tanks were on the opposite side of the boat. So, he pulled out, circled around and came in again for the other side...
This time, he
crashed bumped into the dock. He was a bit embarrassed, until the attendant told the story of a guy the previous week who had driven his houseboat right up onto the dock, punching a hole in the front of his boat and coming dangerously close to crashing into the gasline pump itself!
Our pictures don't do it justice - it was like the rocks were glowing from within.