This summer we took our family back up to the same cottage that we rented last summer. It was on a small inland lake in northern Michigan and about 20 minutes East of Gaylord. We all were really excited about going back to this cottage as we had a blast last summer and we anticipated that we would have a similar great time.
One of the best experiences that I will treasure form this trip were the early morning canoe trips that my eldest daughter and I went on. It was time that she and I could share together. Silence surrounded the lake and no others were on the placid surface, it was perfect. We loved watching the sun rise over the lake, and finding small inlets that we could explore, and in the canoe we could do just that!
Outside of this we also had some fun on a pontoon boat too, as one of our longtime friends had one of these. It was a ton of fun to get out on the lake while there were others there too, and even let my oldest get out on an innertube and get pulled behind the boat. My daughters had never been on one of these boats and they had a blast. I will be honest and say that Diva-J, my oldest, thought that we should next try out one of the speedboats that were seeing on the lake, especially giving her a chance to waterski, but as I told her, one step at a time!
If you have not yet had your own boating experience this summer, there is still time as we still have a good month of summer left before many schools start again!
I have found that DiscoverBoating.com has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels! Especially if you haven’t had a chance to get your feet wet this summer, I hope these links spur some ideas and waken your inner boater.
- Boating Activities: http://bit.ly/10OwifM
- Spousal Conversion Kit: http://bit.ly/1aijnXT
- Youth Boating Programs: http://bit.ly/1lRerye
- Big Name Boater, Jake Owen: http://bit.ly/1kHpIlA: Learn more about country star Jake Owen, and how boating inspires his music and why he loves life on the water
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