Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bon Voyage

One thing we love about our neighborhood is the beautiful stream and walking path that run through it. The stream is the perfect setting for paper boat races. Marty helps the kids engineer their watercraft, complete with ballast, and then we launch them from a bridge and see whose boat makes it to the stream first. We take along a skewer (the kind used to roast marshmallows) to free the boats when they get stuck in the "rapids." The kids think this is the coolest thing ever, and they are constantly updating their designs trying to improve their chances of winning. (This time Jacob covered his raft entirely in masking tape to "waterproof" it.) Each of our boats took its turn in the lead, and each sunk several times and required a Coast Guard rescue, but I believe Isaac's ultimately won this time.

We cherish these simple evenings together.

This was Marty's boat. If you look carefully, you can see the two flies that rode as passengers until the boat swamped.

1 comment:

nikki said...

I would suggest Ivory soap boats - you can carve them into boat shapes and they don't sink! Very fun