When I got home from the play last night, I thought I'd be spending my Sunday catching up on a few tasks that I've been neglecting. Then I checked the answering machine and discovered that I had an excuse to neglect them even longer. Suzanne's message said that they were taking the new boat out on Lake Sonoma Sunday afternoon, and I was invited to go along.
So we John, Suzanne, Eric and I rode out to the lake at mid morning today, hauling the boat behind us. It was a warm day, hot at times and a bit breezy on the lake. My job at the launch ramp, as usual, was to keep out of the way. I did this by staying in the boat while everyone else performed their assigned duties.
We were on the lake for about four hours. There's a certain amount of time you're supposed to drive a new boat before it's fully ready to pull a skier, although they said it would be okay for short runs even now. So we burned off some of the newness, going slowly when the buoys told us we had to, and going fast when we could.
We stopped almost immediately for sandwiches, and we stopped a couple of other times in the middle of the lake to cool off in the water. I was careful to use sunblock, but the sun was not to be denied. I came home red in the face and drained of energy, but satisfied. It was a good day.