We decided to take a break from pool maintenance and do something relaxing. I’m not sure where I got the idea that boating was relaxing, but I blame my parents. It’s a common theme on this blog. When I was a girl, my mother loaded the truck, my dad towed the boat, I played in the water. It seemed to work well. But then my parents had to go and CHANGE the rules! Now I have to load the boat? That’s not nearly as much fun!
Here’s a rundown of our day.
1:15 p.m. Finally got my work done, time to go to the lake!
1:16 p.m. Realize we don’t have a truck with a towing hitch. Drive to Marietta and borrow John’s truck.
1:45 p.m. Drive to Target. They don’t have any life vests.
2:15 p.m. Drive to WalMart. Purchase two life vests, and the last tow-able tube – $100.00 bucks.
2:45 p.m. Clean the cushions in the boat, fill the ice chest, gather 7 towels, slather MoonPie with sunscreen, get a bag of snacks, make sure we have directions, call Jeanette and tell her to meet us.
3:00 p.m. Fill the boat with gas.
3:30 p.m. Put the boat in the water! Tell Jeanette to take the girls to the swimming area while we take it on a test run.
3:40 p.m. Finally get out the pin that allows the motor to go into the water.
3:45 p.m. Boat starts on the 4th try – a record in first trip boating history!
3:46 p.m. Take the boat for an awesome spin around the lake. Twice! Become convinced it might actually run.
4:00 p.m. Yell for Jeanette to bring the girls. Put all snacks/drinks/towels in bow. Get everyone seated with life jackets.
4:01 p.m. Notice the sky is REALLY dark.
4:02 p.m. Realize it’s RAINING, jump out of the boat, and run for cover.
4:40 p.m. Give it up, the rain is NOT going away, send the girls home with Jeanette.
5:00 p.m. Load the boat in the pouring rain. Listen to husband vent the entire way home.
9:35 p.m. Think back to those few minutes when you were flying across the waves in your very own boat. Decide it was worth it. Check the weather for tomorrow.
30% chance of rain? 70% chance of FUN!