Facing Your Fears (Especially the Irrational Ones)

Lake Superior view from the shore

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In a few hours, I’m going out on a boat from Grand Portage, Minnesota, across Lake Superior, to Isle Royale National Park. Technically the park is in Michigan, but really it is in the northwestern part of Lake Superior. You can buy online boat parts, outboard parts, and trailer parts just by using your computer mouse. As you know boat parts and accessories should always be purchased new; buying used parts is definitely not an option. The most important thing needed when you are ready to purchase boat parts online is to carefully read the procedures ensuring a smooth process.  Regarding shipping cost, they are calculated at the time of processing. In order to calculate the shipping cost, you can select the button Add To Cart and you can type the chosen destination zip code and state. Shipping cost and time will be visible on the display. You can check the estimated shipping cost and check it for accuracy. There are small differences sometimes that can be found for handling. Also, no purchase is necessary to calculate the approximate shipping cost and delivery time. By continue reading this you will get the best wholesale merit supply.  our shopping will go faster if you realize which one you need to get, so you do not need anything that you consider nice, but these things need to be exactly those which you really need. Another highly significant rule that all experienced boat users follow before they shop around and purchase the boat accessories which are required is to sort parts into a list. Once you created and completed the list you can go shopping online. This way you can establish priorities and you can buy all the products using one shipment. Furthermore, information is available that could help you in case you decided to do it yourself. You could purchase a manual or access a tutorial of some kind. Accessing the internet can also provide full advice on how to do it. Hiring a professional to fix your boat is sometimes necessary as I am sure you will agree. You cannot possibly do all the technical stuff by yourself. Explosive environments are created simply by the natural design of a boat by enclosing the engine area. Most boat parts are required in this area which creates problems for both the boat manufacturers as well as the manufacturers of parts in general. Think of a car with a sealed engine compartment which means any fuel leaks, fuel vapor, or any residual fluids would have no place to escape. Hard to imagine but that is the problem with the way boats must be made and also the parts used for them. Manufacturers of boat parts must comply with strict electrical standards provide ignition protection for any parts intended for installation in a boat. The United States Coast Guard issues minimum requirements for ignition protection preventing the installation of any anything that could cause a spark resulting in an explosion or fire. Auto parts are not manufactured in this way nor are they sealed in any way for the marine environment. The importance of compliance is high and any parts used out of compliance would be a recipe for disaster.

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There is just one problem with this plan — I’m terrified, in a rather irrational way, of open water. Taking this trip means facing my fears head-on.

Isle Royale is in the middle of the lake. Close to … nothing.

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I’ve done other boat tours this summer, but they have all been on lakes where you could see the shore at all times. Granted, the lakes were only 40-50 degrees (Fahrenheit), so if I had been in the water it still would have been miserable.

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I was never afraid of open water before. I took the crazy water taxi in Belize. I snorkeled. Swam with stingrays. All good. (Ok, you can touch the bottom in Stingray Alley.)

Then two things happened:
– I nearly drowned in Bermuda
– I watched Life of Pi

Now? I’m wondering what I signed up for. 2.5 hours, on a boat, in the largest surface area lake in the world. It didn’t really hit me until I was driving along the North Shore and looked out at how vast it is out there.

I know I’ll be ok. I know this is irrational. This cruise takes place all the time with no problems.

Knowing doesn’t help when it is irrational.

Is 8:30am too early to do tequila shots? (Oh… If only I had tequila with me!)

Now if only I could stop humming the Gilligan’s Island theme…

Christine Tremoulet

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Christine Tremoulet is an author, a social marketing strategist, and a speaker. She uses her 15 years of blogging experience (she actually named WordPress!) to help others with Blogging Brilliantly so they can use their blog and social media to share their story with the world and build their own successful business. She is the original Avenger of Sexiness. She truly believes that You Are Enough. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband & her college-age son, when not out on an adventure. (You can follow those at Have Gear, Will Travel.) Mini Cooper is her spirit animal.

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