For Father's Day we decided to take the boys canoeing. This is the first time we'd ever been as a family. We got off to a slow start when Paul discovered one of the tires on the trailer was stripped. We had to make a detour to buy a new trailer tire along the way.
An hour later, we finally launched the canoe. My aunt and uncle gave us this canoe years ago, and we've been so eager to use it - but waiting until we felt certain that the boys would be able to sit quietly on our adventure.
Still, I was nervous enough about capsizing that I decided to leave behind my good camera. Instead, I dusted off my old point and shoot for the ride.
The boys did really well though. I think the fact that the boat rocked when they shifted weight helped. It provided a little scare factor - just enough to keep them in their seats.
About halfway into our adventure we discovered a marvelous tiny island (we were paddling in a local lake and nature preserve called Carvins Cove).
On the tiny island is one of the most perfect picnic spots I've ever seen. Next time we are definitely bringing along lunch!
Paddling on the water is so relaxing. And Carvins Cove doesn't allow noisy boats like jet skis and motorboats, so it really is a serene setting.
Lots of smiles, all around. I'd call our first canoe trip a success! Hopefully there will be many more to follow.
Helpful Tip of the Day: If your three year old says, "Mom, now can I do exercise in the water?" while you're in the middle of packing up the boat, don't distractedly tell him "Yes". Unless you want a soaking wet 3 year old to bring home.