Where's the place to be on a hot summer day in Arizona? The lake, of course! With the thunder and lightning we had Friday night, we were worried our plans would be ruined, but it turned out to be just beautiful. It wasn't even super hot or super crowded, as we expected on a Saturday in July... score! The only downer was that I forgot my big camera and telephoto lens, but since I was either tubing or driving during most of the action, I guess the telephoto lens wouldn't have helped much. At least I got some cell phone pics! (What did we do before smart phones?)
The water was the perfect temperature for a refreshing swim, so we did a lot of that.
These two were cracking us up. They would say they were going exploring, and then when they felt a plant, they would both start screaming and swimming away. You'd think Nessy had a hold of them! (Okay, I wasn't much better, to tell the truth... I hate swimming among creepy lake plants, too.)
Catching some rays.
Our kids always like to sit up front where they can ride the waves. It took our friend's daughter a little time to warm up to the idea, though.
Beauty in the back of the boat.
Brando got all worn out and started to fall asleep in the sun. I thought you'd enjoy seeing my toe in the bottom corner of the pic, so I made sure not to crop it out.
The lake was choppy and made for some crazy tubing action. As I write this, I am still sore from hanging on so tight. Paige usually wants the slow rides, but she went on a fast ride with me and ended up loving it... even after she got dumped off, she was still smiling, and she kept going with Russ after I was done!
My friend and her daughter went on some crazy rides, too, and her daughter who started out nervous and frightened just riding in the boat ended up begging for another ride on the tube at the end of the day. I call that success!
This is beyond Firestarter. Remember that movie? My sisters and I used to sit in front of the fan and pretend we were the fire starter girl. And we'd say, "KDKB ROCKS ARIZONA!!"
Afterward, we hit Los Favoritos for dinner. The tradition from my childhood was to eat at Mi Amigos on the way home, all gross and lakeified, but it's not on our way home anymore. Sadness. We still like to have Mexican food afterward (and really, when do we NOT like to have Mexican food?). For a mere 25 cents, we got a minute's worth of entertainment as Brandon was transformed into... EL GUAPO.
El Guapo didn't like being El Guapo, though, as you can see in the background. I think he was disappointed after figuring out what he had just spent his quarter on. Kallie was happy to fill in for him, though.
And there it is... a record 14 posts in one month! I don't think I will beat that any time soon...