|Ben and I with Ben's dad outside Andropolis Cottages in Sturgeon Bay - 2008|
Neither Ben nor I grew up on boats, but Ben did have the experience of traveling to the same cabin on the lake in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin every summer as a kid. His memories of fishing, swimming, playing with other kid visitors (many of whom also visited every summer), and most of all his memories of family time made a lasting impression and are cherished still today. I was lucky enough to also go along with the family once Ben and I started dating in 2006 and later were married. When we thought about having kids, we knew we wanted to create the same type of memories for our own family.
Cruising the North Channel with a Baby
|Dana and RJ anchored in the North Channel in 2016|
Fast forward 5 years after marriage... RJ was a newborn and we were planning our summer adventure aboard Seapickle. We had cruised the North Channel three summers before, and were hooked. By this point we were MUCH more comfortable navigating and finding anchorages, so it just seemed natural to go back again with a baby aboard. He was 6 months old when we left for our 16 day trip in 2016 (read all about it here), and while it had its challenges, we were committed to making the North Channel the place RJ looked forward to every summer.
We meet many people every summer in the North Channel who have cruised it many times, but it is less common to meet someone who grew up cruising there with their parents, and even less common to meet another cruising family with a baby or toddler aboard! We set out every year hoping to make new friends and hear of others' adventures, but now that RJ is along with us we also make it a priority to try to meet other "kid boats" whenever possible. I can't think of better childhood memories than the ones we're making together with RJ on our boat. :-)
Then that Baby Turned into a Toddler
|Captain RJ at the helm - 17 months old|
|RJ trying out his climbing skills aboard Seapickle at our marina|
2017 North Channel Boating Trip
|Ready to go on our 2016 trip|