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Old 03-31-2016, 11:42 AM   #1
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Where did you grow up?

Wifey B: My thread on your first boating experience generated this love child thread. First, I so love reading all of what you have written on that other thread and it makes me think that most here grew up near the coast and probably less populated areas. Just don't know without asking. So where?

For me, near Dallas. For hubby, Charlotte, NC. Both inland. Only water around us was lakes. Both where houses are packed close. I didn't know anyone who fished except in ponds. More hunters in my area hunted people down and shot them than animals. Hubby knew some who fished on the lake. His country cousins hunted and did other outdoor activities. The extent of my outdoor activities was pretty much just a walk to the park to get away. Hubby did play some sports outdoors and some in, and he boated outdoors, but no hunting or big game fishing or camping or hiking.

I'm guessing we're among a relative minority of those growing up in landlocked big cities to be here.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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I'm guessing we're among a relative minority of those growing up in landlocked big cities to be here.
Quite the opposite for me. Lived 4 miles from the swamps and 30 miles from the Gulf. Any free time was spent on the water. My Uncles had a house boat on the levee and my best friend's family had a camp on Vermilion Bay. Summertime was spent more on water than land! Couldn't go back and have a better up-bringing; besides most of what we did back then would not allowed by most protective parents today.
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I like to think that I haven't grown up and my wife, kids and friends tend to agree.

However, I spent my early years sailing and putting around on LI Sound and on Penobscot Bay, mostly the latter.
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Agree with Mr. dw. Haven't grown up yet. Been around though...

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Kansass. Never had really set foot on a boat -other than the art deco Admiral in St. Louis- until my wife and I and a couple of other friends (also from Kansass and with little to no boating experience) took a GB 32 from Puget Sound to SE Alaska and back in 1990. The rest is Herstory!
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Wifey B: Growing up was a bad choice of words. I never intend to grow up. It's vastly overrated.
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I grew up along the shores of Puget Sound in Washington State. Just a couple miles South of the Narrows Bridge.

My first boating experience was learning to sail a 9' rowing dinghy called a Minto. It was a very popular dinghy for folks to use with their large boats at the time. Rowed really well and sailed great. They would set up race courses to sail the Mintos around the fishing fleet in Gig Harbor.

Lived in this area almost all of my life sailing and boating. I've often felt that I would be uncomfortable living more than a few miles from salt water.
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I didn't see much salt water until I moved to Australia 35 years ago. I fell in love with the place (and a girl). It was a whole new world to explore.

I still love getting back to the Kootenays to rejuvenate every now & then. There's no place like home.
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Just south of Pier 45 was where the Christopher St. Ferry had been, torn down in the early 50's, it was therefore the only "open" area on the Hudson for a mile in either direction.

Talked to many tug crews and clamored over a few "Burn-it" barges.
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Kansass. Never had really set foot on a boat -other than the art deco Admiral in St. Louis- until my wife and I and a couple of other friends (also from Kansass and with little to no boating experience) took a GB 32 from Puget Sound to SE Alaska and back in 1990. The rest is Herstory!
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My mom always let me run free. We went to Seattle every summer to see grandma on the steamships and the other mothers were apalled at mom's letting me go anywhere but I never got into trouble. When the visability droped to zero I wondered how the captain knew where we were. Still wonder about that. Must have been like a never ending predicted log race.
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