This little boat, securely tied to a mooring buoy in Birch Bay, WA just speaks of determination. Her tattered flag flies with spirit in the setting sun. And even though the wind is at her bow, she seems to be chomping at the bit to get going once again.
Her outboard motor is clean so she’s clearly been at sea recently, not just languishing in the bay like many boats. When low tide arrives, she’ll be beached for a few hours in this shallow bay. But then the water will rise and she’ll float again. Her captain will start the motor, undo the mooring line and off she’ll be on another adventure.
Boats do have personalities. I only wish they could speak and tell the tales of their adventures. But as they can’t, I just have to use my own imagination. Not many people could fit in this boat, only a couple. Perhaps they have pulled the traps full of Dungeness crab, a real treat from these waters. Or, maybe they’ve jigged for cod, trolled for salmon – although netting a big one in the small boat would be quite a feat! There’s nothing wrong with just motoring out a ways and then drifting in the sun on the gentle swells. What a way to spend a summer day.
Darkness descended shortly after I took this picture; I like to think that the determined “little boat that wants to” did get her wish to the next day.