Curiosity takes me to summer sights from the boat
What is the appeal of boating? Time on Okanagan Lake with family over the past week has been delightful and it made me wonder why so many people enjoy motor boats. Stepping off terra firma onto a rocking watercraft is a priviledge for me and pure decadence. I can feel for a moment like the rich and famous in Monte Carlo, complete with my slightly frayed sundress and my old crocs which are missing one strap. Wine and BBQ’d burgers tasted so much better for some reason; perhaps it was just the good company, I’m not sure. We joined other boats travelling along the shore and spent imaginary lottery winnings with my cousin and her husband. They “bought” an expensive car in Kelowna too :).
If you don’t have cooking facilities, you can always stop for a yummy hot dog or sausage near Vernon. The owner’s son does backflips off the top of the boat too for entertainment while you are eating and is a great conversationalist at the age of twelve.
Water has a relaxing lull to it and the rocking had us all taking a bit of a nap at one point. It gave everyone a chance to disconnect from technology, focus on the moment and enjoy the outdoors.
Seeing how much fun my kids and friends had is pure pleasure for me. They definitely liked the more adrenalin-fueled activities like tubing and waterskiing, along with the chilling. And they were learning to watch the weather as it is amazing how quickly the lake can go from calm to whitecaps and high winds (complete with roller coaster-like ups and downs).
They were tempted to join this girl cliff jumping but decided against it – as did she.
Our two younger adults, off work for a couple of days, also enjoyed the simpler pleasures in life.
We did manage to see some wildlife too. The bald eagle was quite majestic and the mallards were looking for food as they were obviously fed at the nearby campground beach.
Last night after the storm dissipated, we enjoyed the last rays of the sun before it sank below the hilltop.