Living on the Eastern Shore in Maryland means that we're thinking about the water year-round. Our town is actually a water town and my husband works at a boating supply retail store. During the summer months, our cute little town is filled with tourists and boaters that travel down from Pennsylvania. Boating is just a way of life around here and I do miss being out on the boat.
Growing up, we were on the boat often. My grandparents had quite a few boats throughout the years because you use different boats for different things. They had boats for crabbing and boats for cutting loose on the water. To find out which boat is perfect for you, check out this boat selector.
When my grandparents had a condo in Ocean City , MD, they also had a dock slip, meaning their boat was in the water pretty much all summer long. Most of my boating memories are from those summers and boy do I wish they still had that place. We would climb onto Poppop's boat with our lifejackets on and yell for him to “go fast”. He would, but then we'd cry for him to slow down.
Crabbing with Poppop almost always meant a crab would wind up loose on the boat. This was generally on purpose because he thought it was hysterical to watch us freak out about a crab eating us. I still don't find this especially funny.
After my grandparents moved to Kentucky, Poppop's boating habits changed a bit. They're now near more rivers and lakes than the Ocean, so things have slowed down for him. There are a lot of pontoons and yachts instead of speedboats out there. On a trip before we got married, we took the boat out with Poppop and just enjoyed being on the water. He always looks so happy sitting on the boat.
And of course, my husband never has time to get on the boat during the summer here since that's his prime work season. He really does enjoy it though!
Sadly, I think this was the last time I was on a boat and that was back in 2009. Goal for this summer: Get on a boat!
To me, my ideal day on the boat is just hanging out and enjoying the sun and splashes of water. Good snacks and a couple of sodas are always a plus! I'm not into fishing so much anymore, but Charlie would love it just like I did with my Poppop when I was his age!
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What does your ideal day on the water look like?