Water Toy Play Day
We went out mastless Labor day on Lake Washington
and buzzed around towing the tube, the kneeboard and even water-skied a
A day to make you dizzy looking at the GPS track.
Newport to Newport
We pulled out the boat and removed the mast at home before heading to
A short drive to the Newport Shores launch and we were
under way. Launching without a mast is so nice. We had the
boys friend Jeff from across the street with us for a total of 6 on
We headed north under the east channel bridge and up
to the area just off Luther Burbank Park. Jeff was the first out
on the tube, followed by Mike. Nick jumped off the side of the
boat for his turn but he wore himself out trying climb in the tube from
the water. It kept flipping over on him. We finally put down
the swim ladder for him and he was so tired he didn't want to go so Sam
went next. After some tube time we noticed it was past lunch so we
pulled in to the park and anchored just south of the docks.
The sun never fully came out as they had predicted so
it was a bit chilly. We warmed up with "Cup O Noodles" all around.
The boys passed the time feeding the numerous ducks. Nick wanted
to go play on shore so I launched him in the tube for the beach, but the
rope came up just short. We pulled up anchor and motored out
towing him behind.
After Nicks ride we switched to the more advanced
water toys. Jeff went first on the new knee board. On his
first try he couldn't get up on his knees but he made it on the second
try. He never could get the strap adjusted right and couldn't get
into the full upright position. Sam was next on the kneeboard.
He got to the hands and knees position a couple times as well but never
upright. Since somebody had to do it dad jumped in next.
I was able to get upright, but hadn't enlarged the
strap enough so it was a squirrelly ride on the tail. I did get
outside the wake before I bit it. Since I was in the water I
decided to give skiing a try. We brought our matched pair of
slalom skis so I strapped them on. On the first try I was to far
forward and did a nose dive. The second start was much better.
I told Dawn to hit it and I was surprised how strong and quick the
boat pulled me out. Running wide open had me up on a plane, but
was still a bit slow. I had to swing wide in the turn to avoid
sinking down to much. After a few pulls outside the wake where it
was very rough for skiing I lost it and crashed.
Still a glutton for punishment
I climbed out and
tossed the tube in. Just like Nick, I tried to climb in from in
the water but couldn't do it. The tube just kept flipping over. I
had to climb out and jump in from the transom. Once in off we went.
The kids keep sitting in the tube and I have tried to tell them to lay
out for a wilder ride. Sure enough, with me laying on the tube
flat out I proceeded to get a rough pounding ride. I easily ended
up out side the wake on the first turn and after getting my brains
bashed out I let go and slid off exhausted. Nothing like some time
behind the boat to let you know how old you really are.
We closed up shop and made the quick trip back south
of the bridge to the launch. Being able to pull the boat on the
trailer, add the strap and drive away is a real treat.