Up at our lake, we have a very old pontoon boat that we mostly use for just cruising about. . . looking for wildlife, enjoying the sunsets, scouting for fish.
Tom is The Skipper.
I am Gilligan.
This means I help do things (that Tom can do on his own, but I like to have my own role, y'know?) . . . like cast off, manage the anchor, or navigate back to the dock.
We rarely fish from the pontoon, but when we do? Gilligan is super busy. (Because fisherman are fickle and want to try out new spots constantly. That anchor-managing keeps Gilligan hoppin'!)
We had my dad up for a visit to the cottage for a few days, and we took the pontoon out every afternoon for leisurely fishing.
The dogs love to come out with us on the pontoon boat. While they prefer just cruising, they certainly don't mind kicking back and relaxing on the boat while we fish. And Jenny -- who LOVES fishing -- remains on high-alert for the sound of reeling-in-a-big-one (or, for that matter, even a little one).
Sometimes we luck out . . .
and someone lands a good fish.
But, mostly . . . it's just lovely bobbing along, watching the summer unfold on the lake.
And what does Gilligan do with the downtime on the pontoon?* Well. In the past, I have tried to bring books or a knitting project along. But, y'know . . . it never fails. Right in the middle of a row, or after settling into a new chapter, The Skipper calls for assistance with the anchor . . . and we're moving again!
So now? I bring a magazine. And my camera. And these . . .
Birdwatching at the lake is endlessly entertaining. I watch the loons. I love watching the herons and kingfishers. I even found a bald eagle perched in a tree the other day. You just never know what you'll spot -- and it's a whole lot easier to put the binoculars down in a hurry when someone calls for . . .
I call that Win-Win!
* I get a fishing license every year. But I'm just not that into fishing.