Our plans for getting in some October sailing didn't pan out due to weather and a nasty flu bug that kicked our ass for most of the month. We went out this afternoon to take the sails down. One more trip out in November to put on the canvas boat cover, and make plans for winter projects. I think I'll work on refinishing the door panels and reworking the interior table/cupboard situation, and Terri is talking about perhaps adjusting and cleaning the sail cover.
We talked about maybe taking a full month-long trip on the boat next summer, which will need to incorporate a dinghy of some sort, and it will depend on Tim's music schedule (maybe I can plan a series of 'lakeshore' gigs for one month during that period), and of course, a lot will depend on how finances will be next summer. My original 'five year plan' for moving out 'onto the boat permanently' seems to have fallen by the wayside, and at this point, I'm not really sure what the future brings. I wouldn't mind doing some sailing up around the Beaver Island & Mackinaw archipelagos, and the North shore of Lake Huron, and I'd still like to tackle a 'lake crossing' at some point. Whether that means moving closer to the water, or something even more drastic, only time will tell.