My sore and burning body was NOT going to see the sun today.
So my sore and burning body went shopping.
I thought I'd share the adventure that The King and The Princess experienced yesterday.
The Princess was bored.
Apparently the beach is not much fun when you are an only child and your parents want to nap.
The King and The Princess walked down to the little stand where you could rent a kayak for an hour.
Because doesn't it sound fun to work your bum off in the freezing cold water for an hour?
I didn't think so, either.
The Princess came running back saying, "We can rent a kayak for $10 or go parasailing for $120! I want to parasail!!"
Of course she did.
And so did The King.
"And guess what mom? You and Mimi can ride in the boat with us!!!"
So the four of us trekked to the kayak/ripoff stand.
We filled out the liability information, paid and were off to the boat.
Which was, unfortunately, about 100 feet out in the ocean.
Now I'm not sure that I've adequately explained the current temperature of the ocean.
Go put a bowl of water in the freezer for 15 minutes and then stick your hand in it.
The minute Mimi saw that we would have to go chest-high in the ocean...she opted out.
I couldn't let The Princess down. I had to get to that stinkin' boat.
Wow. It was really cold.
Let me show you the spot from which QM observed the action.
Under the orange umbrella on the left.
We launched out to sea under the guidance of our responsible captain and co-captain--the people who would also be shooting my husband and only child up into the sky.
Their years of experience totally made me comfortable.
The King and The Princess put on their life jackets and those teenagers hooked on the thin, worn looking ropes and they were off.
I was thinking they would kind of drag behind the boat.
And they kept going...
The teenagers asked me if I'd like to pay them to take pictures. I told them no thank you, I had my own camera.
So every time I pulled out my camera they would head directly into a wave. To either knock the camera out of my hands or ruin it with water.
It was so on purpose.
And meanwhile, my peeps were heading straight into the sky...
I was completely unsettled about the fact that my 10 year old was dangling 300 feet from the ground. But then I caught what seemed to be a gesture of utter joy...she punched her arms up into the air and threw her head back with satisfaction.
And that just thrilled my heart.
When she landed (and praise The Lord that she did) she told me it was the greatest thing she had ever done.
I am so proud of her.
Guess what escorted us back to shore?
How cool is that?
The King said they were some of the most active dolphins he had ever seen in the wild.
You know, because he is a marine biologist and all.
After we returned to the house, The Princess called her grandfather to tell him about the fun of the parasailing. I heard her tell him that she would love to do it again if someone would pay for it.
It wasn't that cool.