"We are blessed that Thunderbird is in the public trust," points out Watson. Today, she spends much of her time educating local children in a maritime heritage program, and anyone can come to Thunderbird Lodge to see the boat. "We will lose her," Watson sighs, "if we can't meet this endowment." There are constant offers (many from abroad) to buy her. Efforts are under way to put her on the National Register of Historic Places, but Thunderbird doesn't need a plaque. She is a piece of living history and a uniquely American national treasure — a beautiful vestige of one eccentric man's dreams, which live on in the stunning mountains and the deep, blue lake he chose as home.