Ever since I was little, I remember going on boat rides. Sometimes it was just to get from point A to point B, and sometimes it was to take in the views.
Last Summer we took our son for a ride on grandma and grandpa's boat. Some of the magic of a boat ride was lost as he was only one. But every so often a smile would pop up.
This Summer, being a big two year and loving boats (or anything that moves really) boat rides are more fun...especially when grandpa lets you drive.
About a month ago, my son and I went for an extended to weekend to visit the grandparents. That first evening there, we didn't have much time but went for a boat ride. The excitement and joy on my son's face was priceless.
He couldn't stop talking about all he was seeing. When grandpa asked if he want to drive, he was timid. But with some encouragement and help, he got behind the wheel and helped drive. He even got to make the boat go really fast. He was giggling so much from the excitement.
I enjoy going for boat rides. I find the water to be calming. Just to be in that type of natural setting is where I feel at my best. The love of outdoors and what it is all about is something I want to share with my children. Summer boat rides are a way to see the outdoors in a different way. One day, I hope my sons will share boat rides and the outdoors with their children.