Thursday, July 23, 2009

lagoon & Flaming Gorge with the Fam-Damnly July 18-20th

     So the original intent was to come down Kings peak on the 18th and make my way over to Flaming Gorge for some boating with my Brother his wife and new little person, my wife and girls and my Mom and Dad but as we came down all the way on the 17th I invariably decided to make the drive back to Tooele so I could go with my wife and her whole Fam-Damnly creating a very long day from 4AM until 11PM but it was worth it.

     On Saturday morning we woke up and had breakfast packed the car and waited for my wife's mother and father to call and say that they were already on the road (This is a change from normal as usually they tell us they will be driving at X time and we come to find out that they left quite some time later and that we will be sitting around twiddling our thumbs while waiting for them to get there). Once we got the call we loaded up the girls and went to Lagoon. First thing when we get there is the family picture in the old west garb (how do I get drug into these things). While there we noticed that they had a guy in a Captain Jack Sparrow outfit and it reminded me that I had never been to lagoon with my wife without seeing a Pirate, the first one being my sister in laws ex who I referred to Cap'n Hook due to his missing hand and now this one. After the picture was done we went over to the water park and played around.. the girls had a blast playing in the water and it was very relaxing other than the ground in the pools tore up my already sore feet.

     When we got done at the water park we headed over to some of the kids rides that Kahlan wouldn't ride alone until her cousin or Michelle went with her but she had a great time in the end, even Danneke went on a few rides :) it was about 5:30 at night by now so time to hit the road for 3 hours to Flaming Gorge.

     The drive was uneventful and we arrived to camp (well my parents trailer where we would spend the next nights with my brother and his wife). We set up the beds and crashed relatively quick after such a long day.

     Sunday morning rolls in and my brother and I cook up breakfast for everyone, hash browns eggs and bacon and something that resembled coffee. then we headed down with my parents to the boat. From there we headed south towards the Dam. on the way down we stopped and played around in the water being towed on a tube thing. My brother gave Kahlan a ride on the tube and she loved it then I got on with Danneke to give her a ride. Somewhere along halfway through she fell asleep so when we got back on the boat she was down for the count. Michelle got on with me at this point and proceeded to fall off a couple of times.

     A storm rolled in so we loaded back on and headed south again. Along the way I decided to fish a bit so we hooked up the trolling motor and my dad handed Michelle the controls that she ended up sending us in circles and decided she wasn't driving anymore. Fishing didn't pan out well so we kicked back up the speed and headed south again at speed. 3:30 rolled around and dad decided it would be best to head back so that we could eat at some point. I took over driving as we headed north and began watching the gas gauge drop and drop finally hitting empty and leaving us stranded and laughing at our misfortune. The radio couldn't get out of the Gorge we were in to call the marina so my dad decided yelling at people would do the trick (this added to more laughter). Finally we were able to flag someone down and they gave us a tow back to the marina for fuel.

     Calling it a night we headed back to the trailer to cook some tandoori chicken on the grill and rice. While I was cooking my sister in law and wife figured out that we were out of water in the trailer. Instead of hooking up the trailer to my dads truck and towing it to water we decided to haul water 6 gallons at a time by hand from the spigot to fill up the tank. a few trips later thanks to my wife helping out with a couple trips the tank was filled back up so we could give the girls a bath before bed.

     After the girls were down for bed and my mom and dad had headed back down to the boat where they were sleeping my brother his wife and Michelle and I sat around the fire eating smores and recounting stupid things my bother and I did in our youth.

     Monday started out good with my brother driving to the marina store for some good coffee and then we cooked up some sausage and eggs. The plan was to go out on the boat and try our hands at wake boarding but as soon as my brother dropped in the water the first time the motor died on the boat. After playing with the engine for a bit I figured out it was getting no spark and without any tools or parts there wasn't a thing I could do (later it was found that the shift stumble switch as gotten stuck causing the issue). So we fired up the trolling motor and headed back to the boat ramp so my dad could take the boat to Manila for service (cheaper than at the marina by about $100/hour).

     We decided that with the boat down for the count we would head over to the beach for a few with the girls, do some swimming and then head home. The girls had a blast playing in the mud and water (as did my wife rubbing mud all over her legs saying that it was a good mud for mud bathing or some such craziness).

     Then we loaded up and headed home. We stopped for lunch on the way home at a small town drive through that had some good burgers but oddly enough said they couldn't give us water only carbonated water.. odd

Long weekend... Fun weekend...

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