Tuber of the Week #25: Who Needs Oars?

For his next birthday in the warmer months, the nine-year-old son told mom that he wanted a two-person kayak. Something like this:



He has dreams of bringing Dad along for a paddle on one of our local freshwater streams and finding a sunken treasure ship.

If no gold can be immediately located, the little guy wants to at least be able to drop a fishing line in midstream, hook a monster walleye or smallmouth bass, and then show-off his trophy catch.

In any event, it sounds like an appealing way to see nature and spend some quality father-son time.

With her video camera in hand, the Mrs. will be standing by as this kayak, the “Not Quite SS Slamdunk”, begins her maiden voyage.

She predicts our boat launch will resemble this:



If so, we are fortunate that the little guy and I are both above average swimmers.

On a related note, my son enjoyed this paddler’s close encounter with ocean life.

33 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

Cool! Plus it's much cheaper than a houseboat or (I assume?) jet ski.

Expat From Hell said...

Ah, these are the moments that you cherish. In or out of the water, good father. Get the kayak. EFH

I concocted Clark Kent's Lunchbox said...

That's very much something I've wanted to try... in a warm climate.

Javajune said...

Sounds like a great birthday wish. What fun and special times you could share with that gift. Happy Birthday little guy...
xo-jj

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

This is so sweet! Happy birthday to your little one!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Oh, I am with the Expat. What a great compliment your son has given you, to go seek buried treasure and fish with only you!

You are the backing for his dreams, the good companion, the source of adventure, the swimmer, sailor, trainer-of-men, the best partner ever.

Happy Father's Day. It came early this year, at least once.

So cool,
Ann T.

hurstburst said...

I like how the guy in the first video just kept paddling, even while clearly sinking. And let's hope you don't get as close to the wildlife as the guy in the second vid!

Raging Ranter said...

Never give up. That's my motto. The guy in the rear (whose head was still above water, and therefore still receiving life-giving oxygen) never stopped paddling. A true champion.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Have fun. I can't wait til Lukas is old enough to do things like this with.

Iva said...

oh how CUTE!!!

Dan said...

Why not get a canoe - easier to launch and easier on dad's joints?

Tamika: said...

That sounds like a wonderful father/son adventure! Since I can't swim, I better keep both feet on dry ground.

angelcel said...

I love the way the two guys in the video just keep paddling as though nothing is wrong! :D

MONICA-LnP said...

that was funny!the guy in the front looked way smaller than the guy in the back,wonder why it went under?good luck with that and relish all the times your little boy wants to spend with you cause when they get older,aye!

Isha Shiri said...

Hi!
Slandunk, I very happy with his opinion about Haiti help* thanks.

If every nation offer some of their best and their gifts of aid, Our Eternal Father will be happy to know that created the man those for following your commandments.

Peace
Adelle

Isha Shiri said...

It's good to have a dream, it's good to have a parent-child relationship by doing something cool and different. I wish that oars take you to the best places and find peace in simple things!

Kisses
Adelle

Kristin said...

What a sweet mama you are to make his wish come true!

Luisa Doraz said...

I will stay posted and see what kind of adventures you guys manage! LOL :)

Kellie said...

Haha.. awesome! I'd love to try that sometime..

Pia said...

that's a nice looking kayak. i love to see people ride those but i couldn't imagine myself in those. i'm scared of the water and thinking i only have that to help me stay afloat... gosh... *shivers*

Slamdunk said...

Thanks all for the feedback. Yeah, the guy in the rear was not going to quit.

@ Dan: We tried grandpa's canoe, but wanted something lighter and smaller that would be easy to transport back home since we don't have a truck or cart to pull it. I may regret it though.

Lipstick said...

Oh that is hilarious! I really, really hope that y'all have much more luck than those guys. If not, maybe you should record it for our amusement. *wink*

Holly said...

I want a kayak too. AS group of us went kayaking in the Pacific Ocean (in Central CA) and we did well until one fell, and then 5 more followed...It was COLD. I am laughing at the video.

corvedacosta said...

Would seem like fun? I say go for it.

Jeanette K. said...

Ah, FAIL Blog never fails to entertain :). I'm quite sure the two of you will fair much better. Have fun!

torn blazer said...

That's very funny......just make sure you're the guy at the back

terri said...

I hope your son gets his kayak. I just hope it works better than the one in the video.

traceepersiko said...

Great video and story!!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

That would be my luck! Sounds like a great way to spend time. Your son sounds like he has a imagination perfect for adventure. What fun!

LadyFi said...

Good luck with the canoeing!

Amber Paterson Photography said...

That is hilarious!!!

Oz Girl said...

What a funny video.... in case you and your son are dumped overboard, I hope the water is warm!! :)

Our parents always took us canoeing as kids, and we really, really enjoyed those days... honestly, we didn't think it was a good canoe trip unless we DID tip over! Leave it to kids to think that way. LOL

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