After a two hour drive from the hotel, my husband and I arrived early morning in a small Wisconsin town on Lake Superior. That’s where our excursion to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore would begin. Our reservations were on a double-decker boat which held 149 people, and 40 minutes prior to launch at least half of them were lined up on the dock.
After all, it was an entire morning adventure and there were only two seating options: inside on a cool early fall day, or the chillier better-views top deck. We wanted the latter and joined the line. As loading began, the majority seemed aligned with us. By the time it was our turn to board, the top deck was nearly full and we moved quickly to claim a bench for two near the back. Across the aisle and one row behind was a similar bench marked “Crew Only.” In five minutes that was the only space open on the upper deck.
More than a dozen parties-of-two longingly looked at the open bench marked “Crew Only” before going downstairs where seats were plentiful. But one young couple didn’t. They ignored the (continue reading →)