This is our new purchase, its either ingenious or completely idiotic...we'll find out in two weeks when the outfitter dumps us deep in Big Thicket National Preserve and say they'll see us two days later 20+ miles down stream.
I have been looking at tandem kayaks for some time and saving my pennies. However with all the uncertainty going on with the Space Program right now we are not sure where we will be come the fall. And the last thing we want to do is drag a 17' alumicraft across the US. Plus we have no basements here so storage is limited.
After doing some research we stumbled on the Sevylor Inflatable Colorado Canoe.
The more we read about the more it met our current needs. Its more of a kayak than a canoe, measuring only 10'6" and 40 pounds, but is built for two people and can carry 500 lbs.
Why an inflatable you ask?
1. Storage (or the lack thereof, our garage is hideous already).
2. You will never see it skidding down Interstate 45 at 60 mph in your rear view mirror becuase someone forgot the last strap.
3. You won't have to explain to your insurance company why your canoe became the new hood ornament on the BMW who was following you on I-45.
4. Its only 40 pounds so you can backpack it in.
5. No one ever got a hernia from attempting to load an inflatable canoe on the top rack of a trailer.
The cons.... Well we assume its not very alligator friendly (but does have multiple air chambers so if a gator does bite it we'll still have half of a boat right?).
So come July 1st is her Christening day. We would buy a bottle of champagne to break on the bow, but then there are just some things that you can't do with an inflatable canoe.
Now to name her, any ideas?
Ike is all boy, his favorite things were the tires, I think becuase the hubcaps were shiny. He had to check them out on all four trucks.
As a YW leader I LOVE Youth Conference. From a planning perspective our stake takes care of almost everything so its pretty relaxing for me. But that's not why I like it (although a great plus). I love how the church has instituted programs like this for the youth. Youth Conference is a three-day opportunity to make new friends from across the Houston SouthEast area, strengthen testimonies and a time for spiritual renewal and reflection on life goals.
We drove four hours to Nauvoo ill arriving Thursday afternoon. The family is getting big enough we forwent the hotel rooms and rented a house on the
Thursday afternoon we attended a session at the
Heather and Skylar were sealed in the
Our trip was so short this time we didn’t even get to explore Old Nauvoo. We waited to congratulate the new couple and headed off for
So in eight days we put on 2600 miles covering seven states full circle….I feel like I need a vacation from vacation.
Erin hiked the deep crevasse of Devil's Backbone today for the first time, a rite of passage in
This was my playground growing up. I’ve hiked this narrow trail scores of time. For me the breathtaking views from the top of the lofty limestone bluff still bring a feeling of solidity and peace. It seems like each time I visit the park is more deserted as people find less time to enjoy the outdoors. I often wonder what becomes of a society who loses touch with nature. What inspires when we no longer study and reflect on the awe and wonderment of the Creation?
After hiking we grilled in the down pour in one of the old CCC built limestone pavilions. Erin and Eliza spent the two days playing in streams, running through soft grass, exploring Amish country, visiting with family and exploring Lock and Dam #10 on the
We managed to drive twenty hours without any auto problems or
We spent the first two days of our trip in
Between engineering lingo there were lots of laughter and good times with siblings, great grandparents, grandparents and cousins and tons of food. And who could miss participating in an
We spent the first night all sitting on the upper deck of the Renshaw house looking at the stars. Living in the burbs our kids don’t see the stars.