To me, boating is a way of life. Yes, it's a fun activity and yes it's something friends and family can share together, but really, it's a lifestyle. There is an unspoken code between boaters (the good ones! Not the a$$holes of course) that yep, life is good. And anyone can discover boating.
I grew up on the water. My grandpa had a boat and every single weekend it seemed he was taking all the cousins out on the river. The inner tube wars we used to have - I don't even think they are legal these days! We would tie two or three together and proceed to get flung across the water - crashing into each other and sailing twenty feet high before we landed like thunder in the river. And then we asked to do it all over again.
Side note: I'm 34 now. I asked my husband the other day to take me on an inner tube ride. Not even a fast, crazy one...just a nice leisurely stroll around the bay with maybe just a teeny tiny bit of excitement. Well that teeny tiny bit of excitement ended up with me having a headache for three days and four matching bruises to bat...the hell? When I was younger I could fly like a bird and land face-first on the water, come back up, hyperventilate because of all the water shoved down my nose and then shake it off and go another round. Now? HA. I'm out of commission for the next few months. Aging really does suck. End side note.
My husband also grew up boating and now our two boys are getting to experience the same joy and happiness that it brought us. It's a big ol' family affair these days and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's kind of like you transport to a different world when you're out on a boat. The calmness, the serenity, the peacefulness...
or if you're like me, the raging party with hundreds of people boat-hopping from one to the next, fireball shots and jumping off the bow of the boat and losing your bikini bottoms. Yeah, that sounds more like it.
If you get a chance, get out this amazing Discover Boating website. It has everything you could ever want to know about boating, and you can go here to find the perfect boat for you.
Also, right here is a pretty cool short film about a man's life on a boat.
See you on the river!
*This post is sponsored by Discover Boating
but all content and opinions expressed are my own.