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Wind, or lack thereof, in our sails

No, the title of this post is not a metaphor. Always make sure you check the wind forecast before taking out a boat powered only by sails.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

We spent the fourth of July out on the water. Literally, we were out in the middle of the lake from 10am-7pm. IMG_2473

We thought it would be fun to take a small catamaran out and try our hand at sailing. Needless to say, we have a lot to learn.

It is a sport, and i’m convinced it’s a science too, but i was never any good at science so i can’t be sure.

There were moments when we were gliding through the waters. Winds lifting our sails, water rushing beneath us. We were riding the wind.


Then we would try to steer the boat to where we wanted to go and we’d stop. The wind would hit the sail and flap the other way. We’d be stuck. Out in the middle of the water.

We would turn the sails this way and that way trying to catch what wind we thought would take us in the direction we wanted to go.


And we’d sit. And we’d try to force the sails this way and that way.

Speed boats would roar past us as the spectaters would stare as the wakes bounced our boat in every direction.

Every so often when we least expected it, we would take off again. Gliding through the waters.


We had quite a bit of down time that day and it made me thing that life tends to be a lot like sailing. You try to force lifes path down a certain road. The road you think is meant for you. But sometimes that road isn’t the one that leads you home. We learned that you can’t just take the shortest route, that sometimes in order to go right you must first turn left.

Or you may have to throw your sail down quickly in order to stop your pace because someone along for the ride threw something off the ships edge.


You may have to leap into the icy cold water to scoop out a child who fell overboard.

You may just as well enjoy the journey you’re on. Whether you’re gliding through it with wind in your sails or whether you’re putting up your feet for a while until the next wind comes along.


Life is about the journey and if you’ve think you’ve reached a dead end, or if you think the road should go straight instead of turning, just know that no matter where you go it is where your supposed to be.¬†You may not take the road you wanted to, but you’ll eventually reach your destination and the path you took to get there is exactly the path you should’ve taken.

So adjust your sails, because you certainly can not control the wind.


“Fireworks”: 25 mile creek fire

This post is less about fireworks and more about the actual ‘fireworks’ from the 25 mile creek fire 2013

Hope you all are having a great weekend! It’s sunny and 90 here with a full park.

For those of you following us on facebook you’ve seen that there was a brush fire right across the lake from 25 Mile Creek, the other park Ranger patrols. It is on the opposite side of the lake where we live and that side of the lake where it is burning has very few homes. So not to say it is a good thing, but better to be burning where it’s burning then other places. The last report we’ve received is that over 1500 acres have burned and the fire it 10% contained. They have a crew of 300+ fire fighters working the fire along with multiple helicopters to contain it and try to keep it from reaching the small town of Manson.

We drove to 25 Mile Creek campground last night to take a look and there are still spots of live fire but mostly it’s all charred brush. It looks as if the fire crested the hills and is now burning mostly beyond the hills we can see.

We first saw the smoke while we were stranded out on the lake in a small catamaran and by the time we reached shore the smoke was engulfing the whole north shore. It’s been a dramatic and amazing¬†sight to see. We are very thankful that it was on the north shore and that no structures have been claimed in this fire so far.

Here are a few pictures we took.

25 mile creek fire

First saw the smoke while we were on the water, it just kept growing and growing

25 mile creek fire

Taken from the Docks at Lake Chelan State Park 7/4

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Smoke filled North Shore


25 mile creek fire

Sitting on the beach watching the ‘live fireworks’ while waiting for the 4th of July fireworks to start

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Smoke Filled Sky 7/5

25 mile creek fire

Still green areas going up-lake, charred earth heading down lake. Flames still spotty in areas 7/5




These brush fires can be so unpredictable with high winds coming off the mountains and the dry conditions. Please use caution when camping and follow all campfire rules. You would not want to be the one responsible for this.

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