Everyday that goes by, it pains me that I can not spend as much time as I would like sharing my love of kayaking with my family. The everyday struggles of paying bills, keeping a roof over my families head and providing food and clothing, hand cuffs me to my 9 to 5 (well in my case, 5 to 9). In between, I try to manage minimal time to give to my father/husband duties. Sadly, I am too worn out and that just becomes couch/sleeping duties. I love my family, and that love is what keeps me stiving to make the best of every opportunity I can find!
Once in awhile, a ray of sunshine breaks through the clouds and finds its way to my beaten path. I'll tell you what, I do not let that sunshine fade!
On this specific occasion, I had just got home from a business trip from Atlanta. I met my wife and kids at a restaurant for a late dinner, drove home and put the kids to bed, fell asleep, only to wake up a few short hours later and coach a Baseball game. While sitting in the blazing Florida heat, half asleep from the jet lag of state to state travel, it hit me, "My wife does not work tonight". As soon as the thought crossed my mind, I knew it was the perfect chance to take the family out in our kayaks!
We have always had a hard time making a kayak trip with the family happen. My wife and I have 3 children, a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a very rambunctious 2 year old (as if my 2 year old is the only one...ha!). The problem that faced us in the past was, how do we manage to get all of these young ones into kayaks without infringing on some serious safety issues?
Well, about a month ago, my oldest son Nick, began his own "Adventure On The Water", and is now fully on his own in his Old Town Heron Jr. This allowed my wife to paddle her Predator 13 with my daughter, Nick to paddle his own kayak and Myself to paddle with my youngest son. Finally, we now have the opportunity to be on the water as a Family!
The day turned out to be amazing. We caught fish, we laughed, we enjoyed every minute, but most importantly, we made memories that will stay with us forever! I will let the pictures explain themselves!