Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day Traditions

Our Father's Day tradition for the last few tears has been to go camping and fishing. My husband in an outdoor kinda guy, who has really put his hobbies on hold to raise this family. Gotta love him for it. So many men put their hobbies first. So, father's day seems like the perfect weekend to "do what daddy likes to do".
I must admit our camping has become a bit less primitive over the years. We've gone from wilderness tent camping to site tent camping, to cabins, but hey it's all the same sky.
We rented a cabin at a high desert "oasis". Spent all day Saturday swimming at a natural hot springs (with a water slide), picnicked, and looked at phetroglyphs. Then we went to eat Native American fry bread (it's like a Native American donut, YUM) After another round of swimming we had a quiet evening by the fire roasting smores. Yeah, the diet was put on hold.
Father's day we went to a gorgeous lake nestled in the canyons. It was breathtaking. We rented a pontoon boat, filled it with our lunch and our fishing poles, and spent the entire day boating, swimming in the river, and fishing. Besides a few sunburns (despite SPF 30) it was an awesome experience that convinced us we want a boat. The kids really were interested in the water boarding, etc.
So, to any of you boat owners out there. I'd love your opinions. Do you use your boat enough to make it worth it? What about water sports? Safety?
We finished our day at a trendy little water rafting town for a dinner of Garden Burgers, and ice cream. On the way out I booked a night at a resort for just my husband and I AND a white water rafting trip. He's never been, and I haven't gone since I was a teen, so I thought it would be a blast. Have any of you gone white water rafting? I'd love to hear your stories.
No pictures to share. I decided not to bring the camera this time because taking pictures sometimes feels like a chore, and without a camera, the fish are always bigger!


Chelle said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend!

So what kind of info did you want about our eating habits? A typical at home menu for us? Or what your average restaurant looks like?

javamamma said...

Sounds like a fun time!

reallyniceday said...

White water rafting is a blast! My husband and I went in Grandy Colorado with some friends and it was SO fun.

Hubby will love it!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

That sounds so perfect. My man would LOVE time like that. His mission trip he helps lead to Mexico is always over Father's Day, so I'm just going to have to justify it some other time!

Thanks for your sweet words, Friend. You've been a gift to me several times now! ;)

Gayle said...

That sounds like SO much fun!

Anonymous said...

OOoo!! OOoo!! Sounds as if you went to Harrison Hot Springs and Penticton, BC... my hubby and I honeymooned up there and by your profile you are in the general vicinity. You don't need to divulge where you went, but I'm drooling thinking of it being nearly cherry season up there in the next few weeks. I'm envious! ~Katherine

Halfmoon Girl said...

That sounded awesome! We live near the ocean and my hubby works on it, so we make sure our kids take swimming lessons for safery purposes. We always have life jackets too.

Kimmie said...

Big fish, no pictures ;-) Your such a tease !

Glad you had a nice family time, wish my family was tagging along...we had a dance recital on Father's Day...yuck!

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted