Thursday, July 3

Nightmare On The 4th Of July

Two years ago my husband and I got this brilliant idea to spend the weekend camping at the Lake and then take our boat to the Shell Knob bridge to watch the fireworks. So we packed up the motor home and boat for a relaxing, fun filled, child free weekend.

Why am I telling you this?
Therapy, I still have nightmares about that weekend and I have no memory of seeing any fireworks.
In fact that is why I'm up so late because I fear I'll dream about it since it's on my mind.
My husband says that it wasn't as bad as I make it out to be. But when I'm sitting in a boat at 9:00 in the morning trying to fish in 20 ft. of water and the wakes are so bad that I see the bottom of the lake, I consider that bad.

One minute your basking in the morning sun and a gentle breeze and the next minute your surrounded by seadoo's and boats that are coming at you from every direction!
Your knuckles are turning white from trying to stay in the boat and your praying that the boat coming straight toward you that is bigger than most houses is going to turn.
Oh... and it does, just in time to turn your bass boat into a knee board.
There were logs the size of fence posts everywhere and I know there were at least two barges that went past us.
Now I've been red fishing in Louisiana and we've jumped wakes that will bring you up out of your seat and the thoughts of falling out into water with alligators doesn't even begin to compare to this.
When we finally made it back to our camp-site, my husband says, "I told you, you wouldn't like it."
When was that ever mentioned ?
When did he tell me that we were about to be in our own episode of "The Perfect Storm"? Was it before or after we got in the boat?
Maybe it was while I was trying to write out my will on the back of my fishing license.
I don't know, all I know is I'll go fishing anytime of the year, but on the 4th of July it's nothing but dry ground for me!

Whatever you choose to do over the 4th of July weekend please have happy and safe weekend.
Happy 4th of July everybody !


Newsy said...

Now that is a story... thanks for sharing. No lake for me this 4th of July either, unless it rains too much and then that lake will be in the backyard.

DONNA said...

Thanks for posting. I hope everyone will take advantage of what Missouri has to offer in regards to camping and fishing. It is one of the things that we enjoy doing together just the two of us and as a family. There are weekends when the lake is busy but this my friend, was something I was in no way prepared for. Have a great 4th!

DONNA said...

PS...I really have had nightmares and when we take the kids and their friends out on the pontoon I can hear them whisper "mom's along so don't even think about taking your life jacket off."

Newsy said...

These feet like solid ground... the 4th of July or any other time. I'll stick to the grill this holiday weekend. Happy 4th to you, too!