This past week was spent in a houseboat at Lake Powell. I was able to ride down with Josh on Monday, and spend the week with him and his family. They’d rented a large houseboat, there were bedrooms inside but we spent our nights sleeping up on the top deck where it was cool and you had the gorgeous view of a sky full of stars. Just seeing this houseboat you could tell that it was going to need a lot of maintenance, it was pretty big and something like that would need to be looked after constantly by the owners. Just researching into how to maintain a boat with the cleaning of the sails and fitting in bronze machine screws (which are more resistant to rust), there is so much to do, I don’t think I could get one of these myself!
Well! Now I’m also very motivated to buy a boat for myself. We had already begun to plan our next trip to Jacksonville or Fort Lauderdale while we were still on the boat. That’s why I asked him to find a few boat dealers in Fort Myers so that we could continue our boating experience without having to worry about the best time or going at our own pace. We set the pace, whether it’s a Saturday at a sandbar or a weekend. We’d be deciding on a budget. We’d get to choose what and when to eat. We make a decision on where we will spend the night. I hope a vacation on our own boat can be as luxurious or as simple as we want it to be. On the water, we can have experiences that are not possible on land. All of this has increased my excitement to the point where I can’t stop imagining these scenarios in my head.
His step-sister Stephanie was there with her husband Mike. They are so fun to hang out with and always seem enthusiastic to hang out. They really made me feel welcome and like they enjoyed having me there too.
His other step-sister Jaque was there with her husband Tyler and their two kids Macy and Keaton. They are all so funny, and very intelligent. Not only were Tyler and Jaque awesome to talk to and learn things from, but their kids are scary genius too! Keaton is 2 and can talk very well, and he can count to ten already. Macy is only four, but when she talks you can mistake her for a teenager. She is very eloquent and knows some pretty big words for her age. Even when she was arguing with her dad, we all sat shocked at how smart she was.
Day one we were still stuck in the dock because the boat was not in functioning order, but on day two we were able to go and anchor it down in our own little cove where we could swim and hang out. There was even a slide on the back, as well as if you gather up enough courage, you can jump off the top deck! I actually did it! I also jumped off of some rocks that were a bit higher up, kind of like cliff jumping. It was scary, but so worth being able to have done it!
I was also able to try tubing! We hooked up a three-man tube to the back of the little boat that Dave brough with them, and then had to hang on. It takes an amazing amount of strength to hold on as you go over the waves, and your arms feel like jello after!
Speaking of tubing, it’s time to mention my injury! I took a turn riding the tube, and hung on pretty well until we stopped and Tyler helped me let go of the tube. By that time I was done, so I decided to come around and climb onto the boat. Now, not having much upper body strength normally, in addition to the gravity of pulling yourself out of the water and having jello arms, led to me slipping and falling off the boat. I landed directly on the motor and was flung back into the water. My first thought was that my leg was broken, but fortunately it was just badly bruised and bleeding a little.
Here are some further pictures I took of the canyons! Check it out!