This morning I woke up on a sailboat along with my good friend Rick Overholt. No is isn’t one of those stories where there’s a tiger locked in the bathroom and people are missing. This is a story about a journey to stand on the high places of America, and it’s a story that is drawing to an end in a matter of months. But I digress, so let’s get back to the boat.
This particular sailboat is docked in Belmont Harbor in the shadow of downtown Chicago, and it belongs to freind and fellow mountain climber JR Peacock. It’s a classic 35′ Beneteau with Twin cabins, rich woods, and a full suite of amenities. JR Spends a month or two out of every year traveling on it and it is going to make a great home base from which to tackle the Indiana highpoint, and experience a bit of the Chicago culture.
The Highpoint Plan
Tomorrow, Rick and I we will make our attempt on Charles Mound the 1,235′ state highpoint of Indiana and this will be number 48 for him and 43 for me. I say “attempt” because after getting shut down on the Arizona highpoint in April I’m not taking anything for granted. That said, this is an easy one, and the only challenge is that it is only accessible 3 weekends out of the year. It’s on private property, and the owners limit access. So barring blizzards, floods, tornados or frog plagues, we should have this one completed tomorrow.