JUNE | JULY 2015 BoatU.S. Magazine | 47
THE REAL DEAL — THAT’S ALWAYS THE GOAL on our family’s annual summer vacation. Remote lakes and bays to explore, wild and woolly escapades on and near the water, full immersion in local natural and cul- tural attractions; adventures like these make a place the real deal for us. All seven of us — my husband Eliot and me, our three sons, one daughter,
and one daughter-in-law, — piled into our aging GMC Yukon XL, our Boston Whaler
Montauk 17 in tow, and hit the road. Our planning sessions the previous January, with
road maps and nautical charts spread wide, had pinpointed our destination as full of
promise. We’ve been doing this for 25 years now, and have always had great times
together, but no trip has ever delighted us as much as our two-week August sojourn
at Deer Isle, Maine.