|It's a never-ending job keeping the Lady clean.|
That's a tail rotor up top.
I walked past striking people today as I climbed off Del Viento. Not striking in the fighting-for-improved-working-conditions sense, these were strikingly attractive, perfectly put-together people. There were a dozen of them, talking amongst themselves as they breezed by in casual clothes, everything about them so together, so flawless. I nodded as we passed. Our eyes didn’t meet. They smelled clean.Now, it’s possible I might not have noticed this group were they, say in Paris, seated in a snazzy restaurant overlooking the rue des Petits-Champs, lost in a crowd of oenophiles. But we walked by each other on the transient docks in Auke Bay, Alaska.
Auke Bay, Alaska: fifteen miles north of Juneau, 58 degrees north latitude, population: barely a few thousand.But unassuming Auke Bay is a jumping off point for Glacier Bay National Park. This is the reason that some of the largest privately-owned yachts (Ice Bear, Athena, Lady Christine, Compass Rose) are here, awaiting their owners, their guests, and their turn to enter the Park—just like Del Viento.
|To put the size of that retro-|
snazzy inboard inflatable
in perspective, that's a 47-foot
beam on Vibrant Curiosity.
I’ll admit I’d sell one of my kids for a week—okay, for a couple days—aboard the 280-foot-long Vibrant Curiosity, looking striking and smelling good. Windy probably won't let that happen, but I can take solace in something else. Aboard Del Viento, sharing a dock with these obscene yachts, I'm reminded of the power of even a modest, capable boat, able to transform the forces of nature into motion, along a big blue path to some of the most desirable places in the world. No matter what you look like (or smell like).--MR
|Obviously, the owner wasn't aboard Athena on this day.|
|Another shot of Vibrant Curiosity. There's a 27-foot MasterCraft ski boat still|
tucked away in the garage, hard to see in this photo. The boat is reportedly
owned by a German--so why an English name and a London hailing port?
|This is a cabin aboard Lady Christine, according to Google.|