Experience, Family

Lake Week Day 2

We’ll call this day two since we got here yesterday.

Up with the sun and seriously enjoying some time outside and just together with family. Tons of laughs, smiles and daredevil antics as our crew sought to experience everything they could through the day.

It starts with pancakes and prep for time on the water. This is the first time we’ve been able to get the boat out this year, so we had a lot of anticipation to these moments. Able to get out a few minutes yesterday after we got unpacked and settled in a bit.

This morning the water was super warm and all of us ready for a good good day on the water.
As we got on the boat this morning, it was strange because the engine would not connect into reverse. We spent a few minutes trying to figure it out, but not luck, so thank God forward was still an option and off we went not thinking anything of it.

We played the day away. Tubing and skiing and swimming and snacking. Jumping and diving and cruising and splashing. It was mid afternoon before we knew anything and well past lunch.

That meant hammocks and resting and boys building fires while everyone else was fighting heavy eyelids.

Finally, time for more boat. Again, no reverse and almost drifting into a neighboring speedboat. Uncle Kenton jumped into the water to push us back out a bit and off we went.

This time it was for the boys to get their first chance at water skiing. If you’ve never tried it, it can be grueling the first time. This is where grandpa’s training skis come in very handy. They are tied together so they can’t split apart and the skies are actually tied and being pulled rather than the skier having to hold a handle and be pulled.

Grayson up first. He struggled a bit and was actually very close to getting it but just couldn’t stand up all the way.

Austin next and he fought the same trouble. Only this time, on his second attempt, the rope gave out and broke! Never had a nylon ski rope break before, but we joked with him that he skied so hard he broke the rope! He was pretty proud of that and it seemed to make up for the frustration of not being able to really get on his feet.

Austin next and he fought the same trouble. Only this time, on his second attempt, the rope gave out and broke! Never had a nylon ski rope break before, but we joked with him that he skied so hard he broke the rope! He was pretty proud of that and it seemed to make up for the frustration of not being able to really get on his feet.

For the next 30 minutes my dad and uncle Kyle worked at getting the rope somewhat repaired enough to give it another go. We drifted a while, watching the shoreline and our positioning so we didn’t get stuck in an awkward place since we still didn’t have reverse.

It was time to give it another shot with Austin, so into the water he goes. Kyle there with him to assist and help him with the confidence he’s going to need to get on his feet. So, I start the engine and prep to move out a bit and get the line taunt, only this time, there’s no forward either!

I tried and tried and get that lever to move, but it was jammed! No forward, No reverse. Engine running just fine. We are sitting in small cove, no other boat traffic around and wondering what in the world we are going to do to get out of this mess. Dad tried albeit futally to try to figure it out, but nothing was working. We finally decided that we have had the boat version of a blown transmission.

So what do you do in a situation like this?

Only two of us brought phones on the boat. Mine hasn’t been working for a week now for some reason. I can make and receive calls and texts but my data isn’t working at all.
Austin just got a phone for his birthday two weeks ago and he wasn’t planning on bringing his phone tonight, but right at the last minute, I reminded him that his phone had our boat playlist so we definitely needed that! Thank God he brought it as it was our only connection!

Here we are away from everything in this cove doing everything we can to wave and yell and blow the horn trying to get some passing boaters attention! Last resort for us was calling Sea Tow, the water version of AAA but it’s expensive. Besides that, there’s an unwritten rule of boating courtesy that says if you come across a boater needing help, you do whatever it takes, because there’s only two kinds of boaters out there–those needing help now and those who will need help later.

Finally, someone spots our desperate cry for help and motors over. They graciously agree to pull us back to the dock. It takes about 20-30 minutes for us to do all this and finally get situated back on dry land. Where, on earth would we be without gracious people like that? I offered to fill their fuel tank for them but they declined, telling us that they have been in the same position before and will eventually be again.

So there we go, only day two and we’ve already had a crazy experience.

The night ended with more laughs, great dinner, smore’ cones, jam twists, fireside talks about the most random things and trying to get uncle Kyle to decided to buy a house in PA.

Tomorrow, we’ll do some fishing and visiting my favorite boat mechanic right up the street. We’re already on a first name basis now, so it’ll be just reconnecting old friends. 😉

It wouldn’t be lake week without a little drama!

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