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Since I was a young, single, just out of business school, full of piss and vinegar, strapping young buck I have owned a boat. There is a forest service lake just north east of Marysville that I have been going to for the past 28 years religiously up till last year. Every Fourth of July about 100 of us would descend on the lake and camp in the old loggers’ camp at the far end of the lake. It was rustic. We brought our chemicals and toilet paper and dug our own latrine. There were a couple of tree stumps fashioned into benches, a few more into tables, and a huge fire pit surrounded by those benches and huge boulders.

There was no gas on the lake, only dirt roads into it and nobody but us at it. Mine would be one of 5 or 6 boats, and always Pete’s power dog (Dodge truck) with a 55 gallon barrel of gasoline on the back. Those were wild and crazy days. We used to ski all day long, and party all night long, playing our instruments and singing old classic rock songs around the campfire. I remember one stellar evening of serious intoxication that someone had put a full 4 x 8″ panel of plywood in the fire (yes, the pit was THAT big). In the middle of one of our favorite songs “Secret Agent Man” I jumped onto the plywood and was “shooting” all my friends with my flute as the flames surrounded me and began to melt my boots. Good times.

As the kids grew and started to make their own friends, Water Line Repair Guys started to join us. We had great nature walks and camping trips, all revolving around at least 6 hours a day in the boat. I was the driver for most of it, so the passengers came in shifts or waves but I rarely got off of my ship. There were all sorts of waterfalls and rock slides to explore, rope swings, and beaches. The kids sometimes took kayaks off to faraway beaches and set up their own camp for the day.

We were always summoned via walky-talky to come and rescue them in the late afternoon when the junk food ran out and the wind picked up in their faces, making the paddle back to base beach quite unattractive.

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