As I mentioned on No. 32, we stopped to buy some supplies for No. 33. It wasn’t the usual—water, sunscreen, food, clothing. It is was this:
We had decided to participate in the Independence Day pontoon boat parade by paddling along side the boats. We decorated Jacky’s family pontoon boat, then our paddles, then ourselves and set out with 25 or so boats similarly adorned. The theme was any holiday, so in addition to the 4th of July-themed boats there was Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween and Reggae/Jamaica (not sure what holiday that is. Every day is a holiday, mon?).
The wind kicked up and Jacky and I (and her cousin Molly, who had only paddled once or twice before) soon realized that we could not paddle at the same pace as the pontoon boats. We took a couple of short cuts, but paddled the whole six-cove lake. Both Jacky and her dad said they had never seen white caps on this inland lake before. It was a blast and a hard paddle. I want all 17 remaining states to include a parade.