Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Fun on the lake!

The other day our friends Suzi and Kelly invited us over to their place to do some water-skiing and a BBQ. They live on a beautiful lake in a suburb east of the Minneapolis area. Once we arrived, we decided to hit the boat right away to do some skiing and tubing. I was to be the first one in the water so I strapped on my life jacket and jumped in.

I told Kelly (the guy driving the boat) that I have only skied about 5 times in my life so don't be surprised if I don't get up right away. I got situated with my skies and gave him the thumbs up. As I started to come out of the water, I thought I had it and then I went down. When Kelly came back with the rope, he said that the boat sputtered right as he was powering up. I'm going to attribute that to why I fell, but it was probably my lack of skills. On the second attempt I got up right away and started cruising around the lake. After I got comfortable, I started going outside the wake, trying to use the boats energy to whip me across the wake. This is fun! I went around a couple times and then my legs were starting to get sore so I let go and sank into the water without looking like a compete fool.



I remember telling Kelly when I got back on the boat, "It's fun when you go to the inside of a turn and then whip out to the outside of the turn 'cause you get to go fast." He kind of agreed but didn't say much. I thought I had discovered some new trick in water skiing but I was soon to find out that I'm not the first guy to discover this.

After I got back on the boat, Erin jumped on the tube do go for a loop around the lake. Since she was in a car accident a few months ago and suffers from whiplash (I know, sounds like a scam, but she actually has some damage in her neck), she was worried about her neck getting hurt so she wanted a nice and easy ride on the tube. As we started going around the lake, Kelly noticed that we were about to hit a big wave from another boat, by this time Erin was sitting backwards on the tube and as she hit the wave, she bounced about 5 feet into the air and into the water she went. She decided that she'd had enough so she climbed into the boat and Suzie jumped in (after thinking about it for 20 minutes). Suzie went around the lake a few times and then it was Kelly's turn. I said to him, "You are probably some expert aren't you." He says, "No, I'm just a regular guy."

He says this as he's pulling out this fancy slalom ski from the bottom of the boat. He jumps in, has his ski strapped on in seconds and is ready to go. We throttle up and he's instantly out of the water on one ski and before I know it, he's whipping back and forth. At one point, he was almost 90 degrees to the boat, yeah, I'm just a regular guy my butt. When I told him about how it's fun to go to the inside of the turn and then whip to the outside, I have a feeling he already knew that.

I decided to give one ski a try, after all, I've skied about 6 times now, I'm probably ready to drop one. I jumped in and got up right away and as I tried to drop one, I soon realized that it's not as easy as it looks. I was down into the water with my shorts in places I never knew about before. I tried it one more time and for about 1/2 second, I was skiing on one ski, and then I wobbled all over the place and fell finding more unknown places for my shorts to go. You can tell from the picture below how successful I was on one ski.


I tried to get up a few more times but was getting tired so we went in for dinner. Our thanks to Suzie and Kelly for a great BBQ and lots of fun on the lake. We were going to try skiing again later that evening but with some threatening weather moving in, we opted not to. Kelly seems to think I have a black cloud following me everywhere I go because it stormed last time we were out at their house.

Maybe next time, I'll get up on one. We're headed out to Flathead lake, MT later this summer, hopefully I'll get a chance to try it again there. Until then, tailwinds and smooth water to ya.

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