Danger Bay—Episode 33—the Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow Begins

MV Sparrow-Foggy Danger Bay ©2007 New Codgers

By Boomer Jack Boardman

(Read Episode 32)

Plenty of time for this after we get under way!” Captain Molly said in her outdoor voice, but with a big smile as well, “Lets finish up, and meet at the Sparrow in the morning!

And after another hour of tying up loose ends, and, in spite of Molly’s admonishment, the AR colleagues managed to continue to get to know one-another in person, their friendships forged on the ‘net, and cemented in Danger Bay.

The full moon struggled to peek through the predawn fog the following morning. The villagers, guests, Sparrow officers and crew, still sleepy from the late night of planning, found their way to Hiram Silverthorn’s café. Hiram is known for laying out a fine & hearty North Woods breakfast, and this morning was no exception! Eggs (all styles), thick sliced and crisp bacon, sausage (links & patties), hashed browns, grits, pancakes, waffles, and several complete vegetarian entrées were ready, not to mention organically & shade-grown, fair-trade, Danger Bay Blend coffee (tastes just like your favorite coffee—only better!).

After breakfast, still dark & foggy, everyone worked together to load the luggage and personal effects to last the nine or so months of this voyage. Sarah offered the use of her pick-up, and Medlar Farkleberry helped out with his old truck.

Soon, all was ready for the departure of the Motor Vessel Sparrow. The village was vacant, Mayor Gamboge went quickly through and found all secure. He the threw the switch on the Internet Search Confusticator—in the back room of Farkleberry’s Star Service Station (Full Service Only, Thank You Very Much)—to prevent any search from finding the village while the Sparrow is gone.

With Mac at the helm, the Sparrow was skillfully launched on her journey. She slowly pulled away from the pier making hardly a ripple in the still fog enshrouded water of the Big Lake. With little to see that they hadn’t seen before, the villagers set about exploring the Sparrow.

The “Real World” people, Ines, Sarah, Bob, Lysa, Fred, and Maggie were on the upper deck, marveling at the eerie beauty of the foggy lake and shoreline. The only thing intruding on their quiet thoughts as they slowly made there way towards the breakwater was the deep rumble of the two powerful biodiesel engines.

“I’m glad we have the Search Confusticator,” Sarah said quietly, as if not to disturb the fog, “I’d worry about my store and not be able to enjoy all this—it is beautiful.”

“It is beautiful,” Ines replied, “This Big Lake is remarkable, just a lake, but it so resembles the northern seas. I too, am glad the village is protected.”


Big A Remains Behind © 2007 New Codgers

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21 Responses to Danger Bay—Episode 33—the Voyage of the Motor Vessel Sparrow Begins

  1. Sarah Cooper says:

    Oooh! You got me in several different ways here!

    I am CRAVING a big breakfast now.
    I love the idea of an Internet Search Confusticator.
    You described the morning so well that I feel like I really AM there.



  2. jaymerton says:

    Granddaughter: You’re up mighty early this morning! Boomer just deployed the blatant promo on ActiveRain (he’s standing right behind me as I type this). I’m off to Joe’s to meet Carl & Fred & Boomer will stay here ’til work departure time (he decided we might pick on him at Joe’s)


  3. boomerjack says:

    A-HA! This place is all mine-MINE-MINE (until about 6am CST-Rats)!


  4. Bob Carney says:

    Sarah…let’s head to the diner…I’m hungry too.

    Great graphics…the fog effect is wonderful. Nicely done.

    A monster lurks in that fog I see…


  5. sgtmajcarl says:

    Bob & Sarah,

    Did you make note of how expertly I pilotted the Sparrow away from the pier? 🙂 A little self-serving comment spam here.
    Yeah, and it won’t be til next spring before I can again chat with that monster…



  6. Bob Carney says:

    Carl, I did notice that but didn’t want to distract you with a full blown compliment until you were out in the open waters.

    Biodiesel engines….Danger Bay goes GREEN.


  7. miamism says:

    “Internet Confus..what?” : )

    This trip is going to be a trip – talk about great company. And please don’t do the breakfast reference to those of us who are STARVED!!! That sounded delish…I’m off to make me some breakfast.


  8. lysasplace says:

    Boy was that breakfast good! I love the fog, and I hope we’ll be able to see the fall colors somewhere along our voyage!

    I was wondering if Big A was going to stir up trouble….


  9. sgtmajcarl says:

    Bob: Thank you. I gotta wonder what a cyber-boat needs engines for anyway???
    Ines: I’ll bet Boomer regrets not joining us for breakfast! 🙂
    Lysa: Yeahhhh – I just hope I get another shot at “Big A!”


  10. Bob Carney says:

    I think Boomer had a heart attack after all the excitement involved with running the blog by himself…

    He disappeared.


  11. boomerjack says:

    Bob: The rumors of my disappearance are GREATLY EXAGGERATED!


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  13. This is better than Second Life!


  14. boomerjack says:

    Thanks Bonnie, I think.


  15. lysasplace says:

    Carl, Now don’t be keeping Big A all to yourself, please share, I want a piece of him myself! 🙂

    Bonnie, Oh Yeah! Maybe we should take the Sparrow into 2nd life?? 🙂


  16. boomerjack says:

    Unfortunately Lysa, it will be spring before the Sparrow returns…to what, I’m not yet certain. What I am certain of is that Big A will be waiting for our return!
    I think we’ll just keep the Sparrow right where it is…


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  18. Bob Carney says:

    I didn’t pack for a spring return…hope I brought enough deodorant.


  19. lysasplace says:

    Boomer, Ok 🙂

    Bob.. sigh… Men!


  20. boomerjack says:

    Bob: Should you become too pungent–we’ll assist you in a dip in the 40 degree Big Lake. And we MAY even pull you back out!
    Lysa: I’m afraid to even check out 2nd Life–it could cut into my drawing time!


  21. Maggie Dokic says:

    Just stopped by to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving before the day is over. Nice graphics!


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