This photo pretty much sums up our time spent at Cedar Lake, Indiana visiting some of Jeff’s family. What a blast we had! The time we spent there was filled with firsts for the kids.
-1st time meeting some of the family (Violet’s first for them all)
-1st time riding on a boat
-1st time kayaking
-1st time riding on a stand up paddleboard
-1st time stepping off a boat, walking barefoot along a pier that leads to an ice cream shop
-1st time jumping off a boat into a lake
-1st time riding a jet ski
-1st time riding on a tube behind the boat
-1st time cruising around in a golf cart
-1st time “driving” the boat
Oh my goodness, if this trip wasn’t the epitome of summer time fun, then I don’t know what is! They LOVED going fast on Great Grandpa’s pontoon boat. So much so that any time we were cruising in a “No Wake” zone, they would scream at the top of their lungs “Go fasterrrrrr!”. I’m pretty sure they had perma-grins on their faces for the rest of that day. A few days into the visit, they finally got a taste of what it’s like to jump off the boat and swim around in the water. They were so sad when we had to stop and go back to shore.
Lilly was a natural when it came to kayaking. The water was only a few feet deep in the area around the dock which made it easy for us to walk around with her and give her instruction. Once she got the hang of it, she was whipping around in the area; going forward and backwards, stopping, starting. It will be exciting to get her on one again as she grows and see how she improves with time. Violet enjoyed just hanging out on the paddleboard as Jeff glided around. I gave the SUP a chance once. I was expecting to fall in right away but surprisingly didn’t. Though, I can see how it can be challenging and quite a workout especially if the water is not as smooth as glass.
Jeff and I were able to enjoy a morning date and kayaked the circumference of the lake, which according to a quick google search, is 9.61 square miles. The lake is very shallow and you could probably walk a vast portion of it. Even so, one morning he decided to swim across it. I followed him in the kayak to make sure he didn’t get ran over by a boat. We aren’t sure how far he swam.
It was really hard leaving our family, not only because of the great fun we enjoyed with them, but because we knew we wouldn’t be seeing them again for a long time. But we were happy to have been able to spend so much time with them. This is just another experience that has further validated our choice to do this full time RV life. We were able to spend more time with family than we have during past visits. And for that, we are thankful.