Throw Back Thursday...1972

Here's another great shot of me, with my parents this time.  Yes, that is my orange teddy bear, formerly my mom's from when she went to Syracuse U.  You may be asking why is my Dad pulling us in a dinghy through what looks like some flooded place?  Well, crazy enough, it was a boat yard and it got inundated by Hurricane Agnes with what I believe was about 7" of rain.  This was in Ithaca, NY.  Of course I don't remember how bad the storm was myself, but it was pretty horrific and if you're interested you can read more about it here, here, and here.

Holly in Dinghy June 1972.jpg

Of course I can't be completely sure all these years later, but it's most likely that the building in the background is the covered shed where our boat was.  Yes, she was OK!  I am sure there's a picture of that boat somewhere around in the old albums - I'll add it if I can find it.  But now I'm wondering if perhaps the boat Dad had then was not actually in a covered slip...  Gotta ask him.

The Johnson Boat Yard on Cascadilla Creek off of Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake.  (pix from marinas.com)

The Johnson Boat Yard on Cascadilla Creek off of Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake.  (pix from marinas.com)

I remember that boat yard pretty well.  There were fall clam bakes, the older kids eternally maddening the boat yard staff by swinging on the travel lift slings, me spending inordinate amounts of time waiting on Dad to finish varnishing something or other, the one boy who, in bare feet, had a nail jam itself into his heel, and well, just being around boats a lot.  I probably have a picture of one of Dad's boats on the hard with the winter cover over it - no shrink wrapping in those days, but full on structural housing of sorts.

NOAA chart #14791.  Includes our usual destination, Ithaca Yacht Club.

NOAA chart #14791.  Includes our usual destination, Ithaca Yacht Club.

I still have a v-neck (in lovely polyester of the times) Ithaca Yacht Club sweater that I think was Dad's.  The club was where I learned to swim, off that big wide dock to the south, and where I fell in love with sailboats watching them race with their big beautiful spinnakers.  Wow, memory lane...  Anyway, another Throw Back Thursday with a little more background on my early boating years.

Ithaca Yacht Club as it looks today via Google Maps.

Ithaca Yacht Club as it looks today via Google Maps.