August 3, 2014

A Rainy Saturday on the St. Croix River


A Rainy Saturday on the St. Croix River
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for 8/3/14


On Saturday, we drove to Afton, Minnesota to visit our friends, the Zitzewitz Family, on their boat on the St. Croix River.  We were ready for some water action.  We got more than we expected.


We were also joined by the Brown Family.  I'm not saying anything derogatory there.  That's their last name.  


Captain Karl kicked the boat into high gear.  Our family meteorologist, Luke Swank, had informed us that there was a chance of rain in the forecast for us, but Karl assured us that there was a zero chance of rain!  And since he was the captain, we figured he must know what he's talking about.


The ladies started the adventure on the back of the boat.  That may have been because it was the closest spot near the watermelon, but I can't say for sure.


The boys stuck near the front of the boat because they like the thrill of the wind in their faces.  Or because this was the farthest spot they could find away from their parents.  I can't say for sure.


Avery had a big week which started by going to the orthodontist to get his braces removed!  He kept trying to video tape his smile, but couldn't figure out how to get the headband to turn down that far.


Soon enough, it was time to anchor the boat and enjoy some time in the water playing with the kayak and the jet ski.  Anna showed off her balance by doing Gangnam Style dancing on the top of the paddle board.  Oppa Gangnam Style!


 Captain Karl's prediction of a zero percent chance of rain wasn't holding up too well.


We didn't let the rain slow us down.  The boys just said "Give us the goggles so we can see where we're paddling!"


Climbing to the top of the boat and jumping off was quite a thrill.   Although when I did it, my swimsuit went to places I didn't really enjoy all that much.


Eventually the rain stopped and we had a clear sky to enjoy a beautiful sunset.


Although Captain Karl may not be all that hot at predicting the weather, the guy sure knows how to show us a good time on the water.  Thanks, Karl and Tina for the fun day!!