I can’t believe it’s already the middle of summer! I’m still fruitlessly looking for that ‘pause’ button. We have been jonesin’ to get out on the water this summer, but everyone’s crazy schedules have prohibited that from happening.

That and the weather – when schedules have been conducive, Mother Nature has not been in a cooperative mood. We’ve gotten close, though, at least this past weekend we got to enjoy some outdoor fun at my aunt’s cabin on the lake roasting hot dogs and s’mores over the campfire. And both kids were excited about the anticipation of getting out on that water soon:


We are planning to go back up there one weekend to help my uncle rebuild their dock – a big storm caused a majority of it to float away. Those winds can be pretty brutal, even on this little lake: 


Once we help fix the dock, we’ll be spending as much time as possible floating in the water as well as fishing. I caught one of the biggest fish on Opening Day years ago on this lake – maybe I can repeat that performance in the future.

We also have plans to go out in a family friend’s boat to go Salmon fishing soon – I’m looking forward to that, and I know it will be an awesome experience for the kids, too.

Provided no one has the penchant to get seasick, that is.

I’d also love to get out on Lake Washington and get some sailing in – nothing compares to sailing. Though we’ll have to agree to disagree that sailboats are better than speedboats.


Aside from just enjoying time out on the water, I’m looking forward to getting as much fishing in as possible. I’ve fished from a very young age and enjoy it immensely – hopefully the hubby and kids will love it as much as I do.


Princess Nagger has already tried fishing – and loves it, so I know it won’t take much to convince her that fishing is fun. Especially since she was the only one who caught a fish this day out on the water:


She even tried to fish at our goldfish pond when she was really young – with her kid pole (that ended up at the bottom of a lake later) that had a rubber fish on the end to practice casting – wonder what the goldfish were thinking as she kept dunking that rubber fish in the pond ‘fishing’?


Whatever we end up doing, whether it be sailing across water that looks like glass, or speeding around with skis and tubes, or partying like rock stars on a pontoon boat – we’ll be having a great time. And all boaters can benefit from since they have excellent resources and tons of information that can help newbies or seasoned boaters.

On their homepage you can find  Stories of Discovery videos which are documentary-style videos that tell the stories of real boaters like me. My favorite is the video with on of my favorite country stars, Jake Owen. and if you want to see an amazing story, be sure to watch the short film on the site called Good Run. A very touching story about a man’s life journey by boat – be sure to have tissues handy!

Here are some helpful resource links on

Discover Boating is the U.S. recreational boating industry’s nonprofit awareness program to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle.

Packed with easy, interactive features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water, offers a boat selector guidecost comparison toolrenting optionsfavorite boating destinations, links to education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos.

Plus, offers tools and information for experienced boaters looking to learn more. 

You can learn more about boating on the Discover Boating website.

Connect with others interested in boating by connecting with Discover Boating on Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest. Be sure to use hashtag #DiscoverBoating when you do!

Do you enjoy boating? Have you been out on the water yet this summer?





Note: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.

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  1. Haven’t been on the water since 2006 prior to my back surgeries, but I sure do miss it. I don’t fish or anything I just sit back and enjoy the scenery. My step-brother owns a boat & he use to take us out in it all the time. It was great fun, and we even went one time to… oh my what did they call it… um Oh, I know Venetian Nights & they held them in downtown Chicago & all the boats would be decorated even with lights etc. & then the music & fireworks would start OMG IT WAS AWESOME! Only seen it the one time, but it was enough to last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing your quality moments too! HUGS
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