I'm participating in Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes for Mom. Some introduction before I'm wordless (OK, mostly wordless)... The Wild Wild West RV Tour is being interrupted. Why? Because I'm impatient. Good enough excuse for me. I have these awesome photos of a new adventure to share & I just can't wait until I'm done with the Wild Wild West RV Tour. But, it will be back next Wednesday. I promise.
So, my family & I recently visited the beaches of Destin, Florida. My family is a bunch of opportunists. When Grandpa lets all the grandkids bury him in the sand up to his neck, they take advantage of the opportunity to give him "sand-boobs" & a grass skirt while he can't do much about it. The pictures are too funny for words. If you missed them, go on over here for a look. You can come right back.
So, one of the nights we were in Florida, there was a huge lightning & thunderstorm. The next day there was 4-6 foot waves on the usually calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico because of the storm. My family took advantage of this opportunity to try their hands at surfing the waves.
Now, Paratrooper Man & I grew up in Florida. We're no strangers to the gulf waters. Paratrooper Man used to skimboard, boogey board, body surf and actually surf with a surfboard on the beaches of Clearwater & St Petersburg as a kid. When we were dating as kids, he had a blonde 'fro and could usually be found in just shorts. No shirt. No shoes.
Paratrooper Man ~ early 1980s ~ 25+ years ago
Paratrooper Man ~ late 1980s ~ 20+ years ago
Proved my point. On to the show. ~ Ta Da! Welcome to our show.
The longer the board, the easier it is to control.
Let the littlest one (Goldilocks, age 8) go first. Paddle out to where the small waves are breaking.
Help her catch a wave. Let her go. Watch her smile.
Let the bigger kids (Drama Queen, age 12) go now. Please note hair & make-up must be done.
Swim past the smaller waves to where the bigger waves are breaking.
Turn towards the beach. Look behind you for a big wave coming.
Climb back on if a wave knocks you off.
Just as the wave crests... paddle like heck.
Ride the wave & let it carry you to shore.
Laugh, smile & say "That was awesome!"
Time to let the old guy (Paratrooper Man) see if he can still stand up on a surf board.
Up on his knees.
Almost to his feet.
Split second on his feet. Hands wildly waving in the air.
Have fun. Smile. Attempt 10,000 more times.
Old guy paddling like heck.
Old guy catching a wave.
Old guy on his knees riding the crest of the wave.
Old guy on his belly riding the wave all the way into the shore.