|Trial Lake, Utah. A Sailing Destination 10,000 feet in the air.|
|A large submerged rock near the shore serves as a makeshift dock. (Either that, or I am actually walking on water.)|
With no docks, we launch the boat by walking it out into the water until we find a submerged rock to serve as a makeshift dock for launching. Everyone climbs on, and the last person aboard shoves us out into the lake, where we drift for a moment until the water is a little deeper. Then we lower the keel, raise the sails, and GO!
|Lido 14, Waiting impatiently on the shore of Trial Lake|
|"Abandon Ship!" The crew jumps into Trial Lake|
|Um, it's reflection of the sail in my hair that makes it look like I have a bald spot.|
The wind picks up in the late morning and runs until dusk, but it is shifty. The fun in sailing these lakes is the challenge of attentive sail trim. When the breeze is up, the boat will heel over and scoot a mile across the lake in a few minutes. The Lido is perfect during the lighter winds too, its light weight can turn even the softest breezes into a great afternoon of sailing.
The reason the most beautiful lakes are harder to reach is that someone wanted to keep them a little closer to heaven. Lakes like these were meant to be sailed.