Thursday, August 22, 2013

Losing my Sea Legs

by Julie

All of us on the Party Bus on our way to the pier.
I suppose the title of this post is inaccurate, because I'm about to talk about being on the lake, not at sea, but I think the concept is still apt.

About two weeks ago Lorraine talked about the boat she'd fallen in love with while doing research for her new Jeff Resnick book, Dark Waters.

The day after that post ran, my husband and I (along with a bunch of friends) went out on Lake Michigan on a boat very similar to Lorraine's favorite. Ours was a little smaller, 42 feet rather than 46, but it had a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and two nooks for dining.

Chicago was hopping that night. The Tall Ships were in town, Taylor Swift was performing at Soldier Field, fireworks were scheduled at Navy Pier, and we were cruising the lakefront, taking it all in.

Perfect weather. Gorgeous, clear night. Spectacular sunset. Best of all, we were in the company of good friends.

At about nine o'clock, however, our captain decided to hold up and wait for the fireworks. The water was getting really choppy and he was afraid of passengers getting seasick if we cruised too far south. So we held up near Navy Pier. All good. It seemed as though all the other boats in the area had the same idea. We even saw the Wirtz family boat as it zoomed by.

I was sitting up top most of the evening. Hadn't even had a single glass of wine, believe it or not. I had eaten real food, but the choppy water started to get to me. After about 45 minutes of bouncing waves knocking us up and down, I had to go below where it was a bit more steady. My friends down there (smart women: they'd all taken Dramamine ahead of time), looked on with sympathy. It was getting dark out, so I suppose they didn't see me turning green.

Except for a cruise during a hurricane once, which tossed our ship every which way, I've never been seasick. I had a small bout of motion sickness when we were on a bus tour once, but that only affected me when I sat in the way back. I thought I'd be fine.

Not so much. And because I was faced the other way, hanging my head over the side, I missed some of the fireworks.

I had fun for most of the night, though. And with the benefit of hindsight, I'm glad. If someone had to get sick on this trip, I'm happy it was me and not one of our guests. And that my husband wasn't affected, because he'd arranged everything and this was his baby.

So it seems my sea (or lake) legs are gone.
How about you? How do you fare out among the waves?


NoraA said...

Hi Julie,
I'm not the one with the problem, my partner is. She can't go to the Statue of Liberty or the Circle Line Tour around Manhattan without getting sick. On the whale watch out of P-town on Cape Cod she was also sick. All that was WITH Dramamine.

She's a trouper though and keeps suggesting boat rides to watch fireworks and I decline just so I don't have to watch her get sick. I'm going to keep her on dry land any way I can.

grammajudyb said...

I don't get a lot of opportunity to be on big water. We have taken 2 ocean cruises and I had no problem. We did travel across Lake Michigan on a ferry several years ago. It was a very large ferry, approx 410' that carried cars and motorcycles and people from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington Michigan. It was great, no problem there either. Guess I was lucky, since I usually always got carsick when I was small and the family was on vacation. Hmmm?

Julie Hyzy said...

I'm game to try again. I may look into those Dramamine patches. Or buy some motion sickness o-t-c meds for future outings. I love being on the lake and would hate for this to slow me down.

Julie Hyzy said...

I've heard that the ferry crossing is pretty cool. I'd love to do that some day.

Laura K. Curtis said...

I used to go out on boats all the time and I still think I could manage just fine as long as we were moving, but about 10 years ago I lost my stomach, as they say, for trolling. I can't sit in a boat on the water unless it's a speedboat making time.

Rachelle21 said...

I have learned I need to have crackers or something to eat to keep from getting sea sick even on a ferry. I did ok on a 2 hour cruise because we ate on the boat.

Julie Hyzy said...

I hear you! When we were moving, I was fine. When we sat (never knew the word trolling, thanks!), I was lost.

Julie Hyzy said...

That's a good idea!

Aurian said...

I never do get seasick, and I am sorry for you Julie, but I am glad you had a great time nonetheless.

Unknown said...

Hello Julie,
When I was young I never was seasick. Now that I am older, I can get seasick watching ocean waves on TV. I even have gotten somewhat carsick riding in the backseat in the mountains. On our cruise I wore a patch behind my ear. I was fine but it kind of ruined my taste for the food and wine. When the ship got out of the higher waves I was OK and enjoyed the wonderful food. It may be a sad part of our inner ears getting older. (?)
Please don't give up on being on the water!

Anonymous said...

Well I'd fare a lot better with a NEW White House chef novel to read out there LOL!!! So when is that happening???

Adrienne said...

Only you, Julie, could put a fun spin on what might have been a real disaster.
It really sounded like a great outing and I'm glad you got to enjoy most of it.
As you know I'm from Chicago but never got to enjoy all the Navy Pier fun that is there now.
In fact, I took summer classes at the U of Illinois Chicago PIER branch back in the old days.
It was a looooong, drab, dark hallway with rooms on each side.
Definitely NOT the fun and fabulous place it is now. I guess we should make it out there sometime...but not by rocky boat :-) Adrienne in MN