It was awful quiet on our ride to put the boat in the water for the first time this year. We were both remembering the last time our boat was precariously hanging from this lift with one strap that had come undone and had wedged itself into the top of the lift, seizing the lift from being able to move anything. It was harrowing, and costly to get our boat repaired back to working order. “It’s just a boat” the dock master quickly reminded me as I decided to not watch and remove myself from this day’s lift.
It is just a boat. It can be repaired or replaced. I know that. Perhaps I have put to much hope into this boat creating grand adventures. We have already lost one boat to the hurricane and it took a while to get another. Can we create memories off the water? DEFINITELY! There’s just something so special about the life on the water. While we don’t have the boat’s name on the side of the boat, we named her “Runner Up.” A big part of us really wanted a sailboat again, but we also wanted to be able to explore the islands and areas we couldn’t get to on a sailboat. So we decided on a catamaran power boat as the runner up. I can still see the glimmer in Rad’s eyes when he sees a sailboat on the water so, I have no doubt that will one day be in our future again.
We took the boat out and visited several different places. The boys really wanted to go to Shark Tooth Island and we managed to find several shark teeth even at high tide with most of the beach covered in water. Gress found a HUGE tooth. It was a gorgeous day, and we beat the incoming afternoon storm by minutes. (We would have arrived at the dock much earlier, however, I convinced Rad to tow a boat with 2 younger boys who’s engine had died. It’s something that feels really inconvenient at the time but yet a learning lesson to help those around you). Come to find out there was a tornado looming not far and did damage to a neighborhood and school nearby. There were no warning sirens or radio forecast sharing that information, only friends calling and texting us to make sure we were not on the water once the tornado hit down. We ventured out the next day with friends and saw some of the damage that took place. Glad we were in the safety of our car by then!