I grew up around boats and boating on the Mississippi River. My dad has always had a boat and many of my childhood memories revolve around time spent on the river.
So naturally we wanted to get Abbie out on my dad’s boat while we’re home for the summer. Abbie’s very first boat ride took place when she was about 6 weeks old. Obviously now she’s quite a bit more interactive so it’s lots of fun to take her out on the boat because she LOVES it. She asks to “go on grandpa’s boat” quite frequently.
Abbie and her cousins watching the boat go down the ramp.
Abbie loves to watch the “water splashing” behind the boat.
I love this little thing!!
She also likes to help grandpa drive the boat. My dad said the first time she was in his lap on the boat, the first thing she reached for was the throttle. And the next thing was the steering wheel. And she didn’t want grandpa helping her drive because she could do it herself, so she kept pushing his hand away from the steering wheel.
The last time we were on the boat, she was begging my dad to go faster. He thought I set her up to say that, but I had absolutely nothing to do with it. The kid likes speed and I was exactly the same way when I was her age. So Grandpa got the boat up to 72mph for her that time and she was shrieking with laughter. It was fun to watch her, although going that fast in a boat makes me a tad bit nervous now that I’m a parent and have a little one aboard.