~ I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. ~
When asked to share my best boating memory of the summer I quickly thought of one summer afternoon a few years ago when my hubby, Derek, Gina, and I went with my dad on a fishing excursion on his boat to a lake out west.
Derek and Gina were much younger then and were excited about the idea of catching some fish. Hubby and I had taken them to a local pay lake in the past but they had never been on a boat so this would be something new for them.
After sitting for what seemed like hours with no catches my dad finally got a nibble from a catfish. Oh boy were the kids thrilled. My dad, the helpful instructor that he is, showed them how to carefully remove the fish from the hook. They looked on with amazement — mouths wide open. Finally, we got something!
But, after a few more hours and nothing but Derek’s constant need to use the restroom and having to tinkle off the side of the boat (hahaa!), we decided to pack things up for the night.
What happened next was the icing on the cake. We walked all the way back to our vehicles (which was quite a distance) and when Gina caught sight of the catfish that was still inside my dads bucket, she asked with a squeaky little voice “grandpa, what are you going to do with the fishy?” He replied back to her that he would put it back in the water. Well, evidently she didn’t believe him so she grabbed his hand and led him ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE LAKE and watched as he put that lonely little fishy back in the water to be with his family. LOL!
Yes, catfish (fishy) made it home safely!
My dad got a huge kick out of that and to this day he still tells that story. It was quite cute. Sure, we sat in that boat for many restless hours without catching any fish, aside from the “lucky” one, but it had a happy ending — for that one little fishy. hehee!
Making memories on the water is an experience that every family should have. Not only can you fish but, with the proper boat, you can speed around making waves, get on a tube and be pulled around, water ski, swim near the boat, or just sit back and relax and enjoy time together.
It gives you a chance to be free from the hub bub of home and life— without distracting electronic devices. You’re out with nature and it’s very peaceful. I love boating and although we haven’t had the opportunity this summer due to Gina’s high risk pregnancy and the fact that it’s rained roughly 98% of the time, I’m still holding out hope that we get the opportunity to go out with dad at least once so we can make more family memories.
If you’re thinking about hitting the water this summer for your own on-water adventures, check out DiscoverBoating.com.
They have everything you need, including educational tools for boaters of all levels:
Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to get out and get your feet wet, I hope these links spur some ideas and awaken your inner boater. hehee!
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