Last weekend we took our canoe out for Sam’s inaugural boat ride, and he loved it!
I bought Kevin this great inflatable canoe as a wild splurge a few Christmas’ ago. It’s super easy to transport and having an inflatable one meant we didn’t need to fuss around with a roof rack. We’re not super avid canoeists or anything, but getting out on the water is always fun and there are loads of options around. We hadn’t taken Sam out yet because he just didn’t seem big enough, but this week in particular he started showing a real interest in boats, so we thought, hey, why not?
Sam helped Daddy pump up the boat. It inflates really fast with an electric pump hooked up to the car, but we finish it off by hand to get it good and firm.
Sam caught on quick and tested to be sure it was good to go.
Then he got a little bored so he did some twirls to stay busy :)
Checking out the old fishing boats.
There were loads of jellyfish washed up on the shore. A pretty cool sight for Sam. It was amazing to see them swimming serenely while we were out on the water. Which, unfortunately, I don’t actually have a photo of because I was too chicken to bring my camera on board ;) Next time.
Oh those little feet.
The canoeing itself was a huge success. Sam was really excited and sat in my lap the whole time. He even ‘helped’ paddle for a while :) Afterward we went for a walk down the lovely country lanes. This pier is only 20 minutes from our house, but it’s surrounded super quiet, beautiful farmland.
Sam wanted to put his toes in the water, but then swiftly changed his mind. He’s trying very hard to figure out a way to get both feet out of the cold water. But that proved a little too difficult.
A great day, we’ll do it again for sure while Grandma is here. Since she hates boats, she can take our pictures from the shore :)
PS. Sam could not be having a better time with Grandma. Five minutes after we arrived home from the airport I could hear them giggling away in the garden while I made breakfast. Such a sweet sound :) Photos of their antics to come…. and there have been many already!