When I'm doing my "armchair flying," I think often of flying back East, or at least to other sections of the country. However, because I'm tucked around the Great Lakes, there's really no way to do this without involving water.
If I wanted to go east, I'm probably going to over Lake Michigan, or at least go around Lake Michigan (which defeats the point of having an airplane, if you ask me). And then there's Lake Erie to worry about.
Of course, what keeps people from going over the Great Lakes is the fear that their engine will quit and they'll go into the water.
So I was intrigued to read an interesting article in EAA Chapter 27's June newsletter today: Ditching 101.