Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fun in the Sun on Canyon Lake, Part One

A couple of weeks ago, 30 crazy people rented 3 pontoon boats and spent 5 hours on the beautiful, scenic Canyon Lake in Arizona.

It was the brainstorm of a guy named Jim. Here he is giving marching orders to the gang before leaving our park. He's the one in the blue shirt.

We left the park by 7:15 am, got to the marina by 8:15 am, and were on the boats by 8:30 am. It was a gorgeous morning. The sun was just coming over the mountains.

This wasn't a "Three Hour Tour" like "Gilligan's Island", but a "Five Hour Tour". Nonetheless, Lenore wanted to play the part of "Ginger" because she had a fancy hat.


Lenore, a.k.a. "Ginger"
We all clamored into the boat. Henry was to be our Captain. The boys, particularly Doug, seemed fascinated that there was a table on the boat.

The first boat led the way as we head out on the lake.

The scenery was stunning. The lighting was PERFECT so early in the morning for pictures. Judge for yourself.

The first stop was 2 miles down, called Beer Can Point. It had primitive bathrooms (no running water). Obviously there were no bathrooms on board the boats, so we DEFINITELY wanted to stop there! Here we are docked at the pier. Henry entertained us with his singing and guitar playing, and the girls did an impromptu dance!

Ellen (l), Pat (not me), Lenore, Diane
Lou was on one of the other boats. He brought two water guns.

Diane learned what it was like to feel a big gun.

It's a showdown!

Meanwhile, Diane's husband, Henry, paid no attention to her nonsense, and serenaded "da boys". Just look at their contented faces, especially David's, the guy in the center!

A man on one of the boats realized that he forgot his bag with his camera and wallet back on the dock two miles back! They couldn't contact the marina because of no cell service in the canyon. So they had no choice but to circle back and hope that the items were still there.

We didn't care. We waited at Bear Can Point and partied. We were lucky not only to have one musician on board, but TWO. Here is Doug, strumming a tune or two.

We armed the two waiting boats with the water guns and ambushed the other boat when it returned from its "rescue-the-wallet-mission". Pretty soon we were acting like a bunch of teenagers and racing up the lake, shooting the water gun at each other!

Our boat and the other boat that was armed took turns shooting at each other and the defenseless boat. Finally, the defenseless boat used the only ammunition they had: ugliness. That's right. A guy bent over and MOONED us! I'll only show the beginning of the moon so I don't offend anyone!

Ugh! An image I have to poke out of my mind's eye!

Henry raced off, leaving the other two boats eating our "dust".

It seems that the next turn on the lake brought more gorgeous scenery, if that was at all possible.

To be continued.....


Country Gal said...

Fantastic post and photos. Made me gigle. Looks like a hoot of a time. Have a great day !

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am so jealous! How I long to feel the sun on my naked arms and legs!

Anonymous said...

Ive said it once and will say it my friend know how to have fun, and your post always delight;)

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

beautiful! stunning! gorgeous!

i'm with kathy - insanely jealous!

Snowflake said...

I definitely see the resemblance between Ginger and I!!! I was going to do a post on my blog, but you have done such a wonderful job I think I will just direct family and friends to read your blog instead. Wonderful pictures and story!!!! I can't wait until next year's trip!!!

Brian Miller said...

wow...beautiful have the most amazing adventures...and ha on the waterguns...always pack one on a boat trip...

Missy said...

I want to trade lives with you for just one day!
You have so much fun...

Gail said...

Wonderful photos! Wonderful scenery and looks like great fun. You are so lucky!

Lynda said...

I am so thankful you share your adventures with us. Today's pics of AZ from the water are more beautiful than the land.
And you all do sound like a bunch of happy teenagers!

Eva Gallant said...

Great photos and it looks like you had such a fun time!

Valerie said...

Wonderful pictures, Pat, viewed as I sit here freezing.... oh well, I forgive you. The scenery is spectacular, the perfect background for a fun day. I am totally jealous.

Sorry if this is the second comment ... I'm having so much Blogger trouble.

Mama Zen said...

This sounds like so much fun!

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Looks like great fun!
Lovely photos, Pat!

Have a great weekend!

Betty xx
P.S. I'm on a blog break...just wanted to pop over to your blog and say hi!

Ed said...

Looks cool.

SquirrelQueen said...

Sounds like it didn't take much to convince everyone to wait at Beer Can Point while the other boat retrieved the bag. Party on!

labbie1 said...

Oh my!!!! Wonderful shots and looks like a lot of fun!!!! I have never seen a watergun that uses a 2 liter soda bottle. Wherever did you get it???