Not only was it SubRon5's first fun run, it was my first fun run. And I may have run a little prior to this weekend, but I've never had as much fun.
I met many guys who I had only swapped emails with, got to know some hometown neighbors who share the same passion for subs, and got to spend the weekend with my old buddy Jeff Porteous who showed off his Blueback.
The reason the event was such a success rests on the shoulders of two members, Wayne Frey and Carl Dietz. Comrade Wayne found the perfect site, handled all the set-up, served as safety diver and took a load of pics. Cap'n Carl served as commissary officer (along with his wife) and kept us well fed and watered, stood by the boats in the water and also took many pics. Even without boats of their own to run they both carried the event with their warm smiles, good humor and enthusiasm.
One lesson learned about these runs is that at least one Master Sub Modeler should be in attendance. For us, that role was filled by Matt Thor. He solved problems, possessed the right tool or trick for each situation and showed what a boat can really do when the helm is in a skilled hand. Thanks Matt for sharing your skill, fellowship and enthusiasm.
My personal thanks go out to everyone who came, especially to those who brought boats, finished or not. The humor was abundant, the friendship enjoyed was warm, and I came away with newfound operating experience I never thought I'd get. My entire family enjoyed themselves and it all goes back to the people we were with.