Taking a spur of the moment excursion is something you will find very doable in an empty nest. When you have children in the house it’s hard to just pick up and go. In this new phase of your life, you can come up with an idea and make it happen without much hassle. Some of these little adventures can end up becoming “diamond days” as my husband calls them when things work out perfect.
This past Friday was just one of those days. I unexpectedly got off of work at noon and Phillip got off at 2:00 as he usually does. We recently purchased a small fishing boat and we have taken it out on 3 or 4 fishing trips but we haven’t taken it out to just cruise around yet so we decided to take it to the lake and go for a ride. By 2:30 we were heading out the door!! Try that with children!
Spur of the Moment Planning
Yes, a spur of the moment trip does require some prior planning. We have certain things that we always take with us when we go on the boat. Phillip always takes his drone and I always take my camera. They are always kept in their cases so they are ready when we are. I keep a bag packed with towels, sunscreen, and other water supplies. I also throw some snacks in a bag just in case. If you keep these things packed then it doesn’t take any time to get ready to go.
Phillip and I grab these items and our purses and out the door we go. Haha yes, I did say we grab our purses. Since we run around so much my husband has started carrying a messenger bag that he jokingly calls his purse. He keeps everything he needs in it. I bought it for him almost a year ago and it hasn’t left his side since. Here’s a link to the one I got for him:
Friends on the Lake
We have some good friends who have a house at the lake so we decided to take the boat to a nearby boat launch and see if we could find their house. Phillip got out his old handheld GPS and we marked where we started and set out to find their house. We weren’t sure if we could find it or not but after stopping a couple of times to get our bearings we surprised ourselves and found it pretty quickly. We spent some time on their deck talking, having a cold drink and watching the dogs play in the water. I got out my camera and took a few pictures from their dock that turned out wonderful.
Sunset on the Water
We left our friend’s place and headed down the lake. Since we are not real familiar with this lake we kept the GPS out so we wouldn’t get lost. We rode for awhile just enjoying being together. The weather was perfect, not too hot but warm enough to give us that summertime feeling. After a while, we pulled off to the side of the lake and my husband got out his drone and flew it off the boat. This is always scary to me. I’m always afraid we are going to lose it or something. Phillip is very good at flying it though and it went without a hitch. He took some video of the lake and snapped a few pictures that were amazing.
We packed up the drone and started heading back to the launch as the sun was starting to go down. Phillip was the one who got a little nervous this time. He was really concerned that it was going to get dark before we could get back because we were quite a ways from the launch. But then the sun started setting and the sky lit up a beautiful orange and yellow and we had to stop and just marvel at God’s creation. I took some beautiful pictures to remember that moment.
The last one Phillip snapped of me with his cell phone. It captures just how happy this day made us both. We started the boat up and made it back to the launch right before it got dark. It was a wonderful trip from beginning to end. Spur of the moment adventures can make some of the most beautiful memories and we will never forget this diamond day!