On Sunday June 13, 2010 we took our boat out for her maiden voyage of the year.
We have a 1974 21’ Spectra jet boat. It is purple and yellow. It’s cool. 😉
We LOVE to take the boat out. I think that Chris and I both find the most relaxing place to be is on a nice, beautiful lake, chillin’ in our boat. I don’t know if there is anything more calming and soothing.
We have had this boat for about 6 years now, I think. We have taken this boat to a lot of different places. While living in Portland, our favorite place was actually in Washington. We would frequently take our boat to Lake Merwin, which is in the foothills of Mt. St Helens. It is a huge lake, and gorgeous! We will miss Lake Merwin!
We also would take the boat on the Willamette River, near downtown Portland or in Newberg. We have taken it out on Haag Lake outside of Hillsboro, Oregon, as well. We have taken the boat to Detroit Reservoir east of Salem and up to Black Lake in Tumwater, Washington. We try to get out on the boat as often as possible.
We don’t necessarily DO anything while we are out there, except relax and enjoy. We don’t ski, or board or tube, normally. We don’t normally fish, either. Although we have done all those things, typically going out on the boat is an opportunity for us to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Well, and of course there is the added bonus of zooming around on the water in a cool boat with a big block Oldsmobile 455 motor in the back of it, too!
Our maiden voyage of 2010 was awesome! Chris had pulled the motor to do some maintenance and updates, so our maiden voyage was also a shakedown of sorts to make sure that all the maintenance was good and no leaks!
We took our boat to Emigrant Lake in Ashland, Oregon, which is about 30 minutes from our house. Emigrant Lake isn’t that big, and it is at the bottom of some big hillsides, so almost like a mountain lake.
The weather on Sunday was about 90 degrees, sunny and HOT! Perfect for boating. There was a nice breeze coming down off the hillsides, which kept us from melting. We also have a cool umbrella shade thing to keep the sun off of us when we get too hot.
And for those that are concerned, yes we wear sunscreen! SPF 50, hats, sunglasses and our umbrella shade all help us to stay safe and enjoy the sun and lake at the same time. We also wear our life jackets whenever we are under way. Safety First Kids!
We had an excellent day on the lake. No problems with the boat, motor, leaks, fires or anything like that. She started and ran great. The weather was awesome. We watched some kids jump off of the rocks into the lake, saw a few other jet boats, and just generally had a really relaxing and fun day.
We look forward to MANY more relaxing days on the water.