Tuesday, August 29, 2017

In the Good Old Summertime

This is Day 9 of the First Annual 10 Days of Heat writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Today's prompt is Best Summer Memory. Please join me in checking out the other hot stories.

I'm not sure if the prompt is meant to be just this summer's bet memory, or the best-ever summer memory. Either way, there is no one best memory so I'm going to walk down memory lane through some of my fondest summer memories, in no particular order.

Parasailing in the Gulf of Mexico at Madeira Beach, FL. The experience takes you from flying across the water in a speed boat to sailing hundreds of feet above the Gulf. It was so peaceful up there, and the sounds of the city and boat seemed miles away.

Photo from Pixabay
Zam's swamp tours in Louisiana. It was a slow boat ride through the bayous and back waters of Louisiana where we saw fish, alligators, turtles, Nutria, and lots of birds. After the boat tour, we got a tour of the back yard, which was filled with alligators. There was a talk, but the guide was speaking Cajun French, and I didn't get most of it. It was there we had our first taste of alligator, and we've been eating it ever since. Here is a video from an actual tour.


Tom and Jerry's air boat tour on Lake Panasoffkee in Florida. That was an hour-long tour which took us on slow winding paths through tall grass to speeding across the wide open expanse of the lake. It was beautiful, and yes we did see alligators, turtles, and yep, more birds.

My photo from the Tom & Jerry Airboat

The fascination with water and boats continues. While vacationing in Maine one year, we took a sailboat tour out of Bar Harbor. It was a large sailboat with 3-4 masts. If you love boats and you've never done a tour like this, you should. We did a similar tour in Norfolk that went around the Harbor. That was an evening tour, and it gets chilly even in the summer.

Photo from Pixabay

Not to be forgotten was our trip to San Diego, and of course, the Pacific ocean. No trip is complete without a visit to Coronado and the famous Coronado Bridge.


Photo from Wikimedia
Are you sensing a theme here? What are some of your favorite summertime memories?


If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.

8 comments:

  1. I'm not really a fan of sailing or boats but it looks like you must have fun with the parasailing and going on boat tours. I'm not sure I want to see alligators at all, not so close or on a boat certainly, I do not want to eat them. you have very adventurous summers.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Water is definitely a theme here. I have actually held an alligator - I posted on that last fall. That was after the air boat tour. I didn't let him know that I had possibly eaten some of his ancestors. :)

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  2. wow, great summer memories, Linda :) one day I'd like to try parasailing!

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    1. Lot's of fun, indeed. The parasailing has changed since I did it, and two or more can go up at once. Hope you get to try it.

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  3. Hi Linda - wonderful ... I'd love to do a swamp tour one day ... lots of amazing water sports available ... lovely photos too ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I've been on several swamp tours-some boat, some walking. So much to see!

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  4. Best summer memory, yes. I have to say that this challenge is wonderful! The greatest pleasure in travel is to challenge yourself.

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