A few days ago I had dinner plans with a friend. A casual text arrived the night before about fireworks in the evening to celebrate our city’s birthday and the first thing I said to Charles was, “Want to sail there?”
No matter how you phrase it, yes is pretty much the only suitable answer to a question that involves friends, impromptu sailing and a 266th birthday party. I heard the folks on land were getting cake.
After a proper Mexican dinner with one less margarita than I would have preferred, my friend and I braved the Saturday night resort marina crowds and dodged tourists on the pier to get to the quiet of our dock. We arrived early enough to push off from the dock in the golden light of a sun that was thinking about setting but wasn’t quite ready to turn in just yet.
After a short but lovely sunset sail, we anchored on the outside of dozens of boats. We like being a part of the crowd, we just want to do it from a distance.
The normal river traffic was present in the form of water taxis and dinner boat cruises. Channel 16 on the VHF was busy with the Coast Guard, the police, the fireworks barge and day sailors squabbling and being asked by the Coast Guard to take their messes to private channels. Hey fellows, there’s room for everyone here. The river is a big wide wet place and everyone gets a good view.
After sunset, fireworks! Maybe I haven’t been paying attention for the last 20 summers, or maybe our city has an incredible birthday budget. Thank you fair city for putting on one of the best fireworks displays I’ve ever seen.
I only have two pictures to share. Because 1. You’ve seen fireworks before, right? Don’t they all pretty much look like fireworks? And because 2. I was living in the moment and not through my camera screen. They were beautiful and filled up the night sky and I forgot to pull out my phone until Charles reminded me about my dearest readers.
So there you have it, the time I was living and breathing and enjoying the moment and forgot to get pictures for you.
Fair winds and happy sailing to you all!