"Summer has come and passed....."
But, autumn has been pretty damn awesome.
Actually, the whole season , from beginning to end, has been great, meteorologically and oceanographically speaking.
After two reallydamncold winters with 95%+ ice cover on the Lakes, the water level has been high all season.
At least 2 feet higher than 2012/2013.
Usually, the water level is highest in the late spring early summer, as snow melt and spring rains swell tributaries and upper Lakes- this year, weirdly, the water level in July was higher than June:
... And pretty much stayed there through the middle of September, before gradually starting to fall.
As an added bonus, the summer was relatively dry- enough rain to keep farmers happy, enough sun to keep beachgoers happy, and enough wind to keep sailors happy...mostly.
The sunsets were absofreakinlutely spectacular.
As the season slowly faded, I discovered that the sunrises were pretty damn amazing too, even if the fact that I was observing them meant that endofseason was looming:
In September I FINALLY accomplished a task that had been out of my reach for two seasons.
(No, it wasn't "writing another blog post", Smartass Reader.)
When Good Old Boat slated my account of our acquisition of Karma, Tim, the Managing Editor, requested some high resolution photos of Karma under sail. clicking through the hundreds of pics on my computer, I realized I had NO high res photos of us under full sail. There were lots of pics of us loafing along with the genny fully bagged out, there were low-res pics of us with both main and genoa looking full, fat and sassy...
But no magazine-worthy, high-resolution, mainsail-and-foresail-as-Neptune-intended pics of Karma in full double-stitched Dacron splendour.
So, the only pics in my international magazine debut article... are of Karma sailing half-assed.
Yeah, shut up- even I can see the symbolism.
Anyfail, September saw Jack and Hilary step up and catch some full sail sunset shots. Thanks, guys!