Sandbox List Adventure 14: Dynamic Duo, Plus One, Riding The Waves

6 Jul

I guess I’m on a roll. I hadn’t been on a roll in a while … a couple of months. But I’m on it. It felt good to be on a roll … to be rollin … to be keeping the momentum. It makes me think my life is less crappy. It makes me feel less weathered. It lowers my blood pressure. It stops the gray hairs from popping out … at least just for the day. I’ve come to realize that rolls are important and I need to make sure I stay on them as long as possible.

So I was thankful for the beach … again. It provided for another opportunity of growth, another opportunity of life, another stress reliever, another Dynamic Duo Bucket List and Sandbox List Adventure. Another opportunity for my son and I to cross off items from our wish list. And this time … my daughter joined in on the adventure.

In truth I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it. All this time hanging out like Gidget at the beach and I hadn’t tried it. I couldn’t believe it. It’s really a kid thing, I guess. All you see are these Nickelodeon-XBox loving kids hit the waves. But it’s never too late for an AMC-FX-HBO loving kid to represent the Pippi Longstock Generation on the waves.

So my Body Glove board shorts actually hit the board. The Boogie Board.

And it was awesome, so much so that my son and daughter decided to be awesome too. So we all had our first boogie boarding experience this week and it was better than expected. I had it all: The rush of catching the perfect wave and riding it all the way to shore, the Oh-My-God moment of seeing dolphins swim in the ocean while I was trying to swim too, and the most awesome experience of The Wipeout which allowed me to feel the wrath of the waves.

Sometimes waves don’t like to be ridden, luckily we found a few that didn’t mind it so much. And it didn’t matter that there were only a few … what mattered was that there were some at all and I was able to ride them.

I finally did it. It took me twenty-something years to do it, but I did it, and I was happy to share the moment with my kids. Although they didn’t really enjoy The Wipeouts. They didn’t find them fun at all. Saltwater isn’t too tasty and it burned their eyes. But they still got up and tried again. There we were The Dynamic Duo, plus one, riding the waves.


Testing out the waters before our adventure.

Testing out the waters before our adventure.


A little surprise from the sea just as he starts to paddle off,

A little surprise from the sea just as he starts to paddle off.


His sister learning the ropes.

His sister learning the ropes and definitely enjoying this adventure.


7 Responses to “Sandbox List Adventure 14: Dynamic Duo, Plus One, Riding The Waves”

  1. adinparadise July 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM #

    Looks like fun, TG. Glad you had an awesome time at the beach. That’s what summer is all about. 🙂

    • The Guat July 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

      It was really fun! I hadn’t even planned on doing the boogie board thing. I always bring it just in case my kids get inspired. But in the end they were the ones that inspired me. It felt pretty cool to be a kid again, not that I’m too far off anyway 🙂

  2. artisticmilestone July 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

    Oh how fun! I’ve always wanted to try boogie boarding but it just seems a little dangerous.

    • The Guat July 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM #

      Well not too bad. Just got to hold on tight to the board. 🙂 After you wipeout, it’s all good … you get a little braver after the first one.

  3. TBM July 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

    Ah the boogie broad. it has been years since I’ve been on one. And warm, salt water is never fun to ingest. But glad the three of you still had fun.

    • The Guat July 11, 2013 at 12:31 AM #

      Dude it’s totally not fun to drink, but he learned his lesson fast. Thank God we had some juice boxes to counter the effect.

      • TBM July 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM #

        You are more prepared than my mom was. My mom was the type that if you fell down and got a scrape or something she said, “Rub some dirt on it, you’re fine.” Okay, she wasn’t that bad.

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