As Fresh As It Gets - Sailing With The Fresh Exchange And Smartwater

Every summer I try to spend as much time as possible in Traverse City. Though it has been a few years since I lived there, the place is still swarming with dear friends, and every day brings new adventures. Two of my dearest friends, Mike and Megan Gilger have recently moved away from Traverse as well... to settle in Raleigh, North Carolina. They were back for a summer of projects, and I had a spare week, so our schedules aligned in a magical way. 

Mike and Megan invited me along on a day of sailing. Smartwater had commissioned them to shoot and blog the adventure. We sailed and swam and snacked... passing the camera around to document our trip. We explored Suttons Bay, listened to music (probably 70's rock) and basked in the Summer sun. It is always a delight to spend time with the Gilgers, but that probably goes without saying, right? 

It was the absolute perfect day. Perfect wind. Perfect waves. Perfect warmth. I received a few more lessons on boatmanship and photography. We told secrets as we sailed through some of the most stunningly beautiful waters in the world. When the sun began to set, we made our way back to port, and towards Little Fleet, which has basically become the living room of Traverse City locals. There, beneath strands of lights on the patio, surrounded by even more friends, we finished our day in glowing tranquility. (See more Here)

Jonathan Randall Grant // Culture Keeper