‘Covergirl’ reporter enjoys ride around Green Lake on Subway boat


Ben Swayze drives the Subway boat as he and his dad, Tracy, along with Green Laker reporter Hannah Tetzlaff begin their voyage for hungry customers. Hannah Tetzlaff photo

by Hannah Tetzlaff

The wind was in my hair and the sun was shining down on me.

I was the easy, breezy, beautiful Covergirl model — only in my mind, though.

In reality, I was just that random girl on the Subway boat taking pictures of everything we passed.

Thanks to Subway owner Tracy Swayze, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Subway boat operate behind the scenes while also deluding myself with a future in modeling.

When Tracy offered me a ride on the boat, I had no idea what to expect because in all my years living close to the Green Lake area, I had never seen the Subway boat.

For all I knew, it could’ve been a green and yellow yacht, a small submarine, a yellow life raft, or a sailboat with the mainsail proclaiming “Subway!”

However, the boat was your typical, everyday pontoon boat with a Subway streamer and banners that said “Subs 4 Sale.”

When I first saw the boat at the wharf, I thought someone was trying to sell a pontoon because all I saw was “4 Sale.”

I was like, “Well, that’s a unique way to try and sell a boat. Who knew you needed to advertise by driving it around on the water?”

Imagine how dumbstruck I was when someone pointed out that the pontoon was the Subway boat.

After finally putting a picture to the name, I hopped aboard and witnessed how Subway operates on the water. To put it simply, Tracy and his son, Ben, pack coolers full with four styles of pre-made subs and various bottles of soda and water. They also bring bags of chips, packaged condiments and napkins.

The boats make two circuits or so along the shoreline and slowly cruise popular hangouts like Norwegian Bay.

Customers wave the boat over, and with some skilled maneuvering abilities, Tracy drives the boat as close to the customer as he can.

It was so neat because I felt like I was a part of the team; I helped spot some customers here and there and helped remind Ben and Tracy what everyone ordered so they could check it off their inventory.

Being out on the water was relaxing and peaceful. I hadn’t been on a boat for so long that it felt like a mini-vacation.

I loved checking out all the mansions and big homes along the lake.

One of the homes I saw had a huge, cream-colored dome roof. When I first saw it, I didn’t know quite what it was. It kind of looked like a gigantic onion rising up from the trees, but Ben and Tracy set me straight and informed about the home.

On our little voyage, I was able to see all the landmarks and areas that people keep mentioning to me such as Sandstone Bluff, Norwegian Bay and Sugarloaf.

Because of my long history with the place, my favorite sight was the Camp Grow waterfront and boathouse. I was immediately excited when I noticed it and started waving frantically at the people on the docks.

They probably had no idea who I was.

Observing all the boaters, swimmers and lake home owners relaxing and enjoying the many aspects of the lake was a sight, and it made me regret not bringing my swimming suit.

I encourage everyone to take some time and just cruise around the lake for the day and who knows, maybe you too will feel like an easy, breezy, beautiful Covergirl model.

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