Duct Tape Adventures Continue …

6 Oct

It’s an adventure inspired by my childhood Saturday morning cartoons and now continues into a family tradition. Something that involves the very best of our creative bones, laughter, and smiles.

Sometimes I think I enjoy it more than my kids, but when I see their faces during the race or at the night, it might be a tie.

Do you remember those Saturday morning cartoons, the kind you needed no alarm for, just sprang out of your bed in pajamas and snuck into the living room to watch as everyone still snored and dreamed away until the sun shone through the curtains?

This story always begins there …

Wacky Races. I loved the competition and how each character created their own custom vehicle. The whole concept was something that stuck with me for years. I’d always wanted to do something like that, but nothing like that existed in my neck of the woods. So I needed to wait until I had kids to finally participate in something as cool as that. So the duct tape and cardboard make appearances every year in the fall.

I don’t necessarily do it so that the kids can look back on it and say … yeah we had a tradition … more so that they can be able to remember the fun in building, in creating, in racing, in cheering others on, in thinking yeah we had fun with mom on that, that was something cool I enjoyed in my childhood. I know they enjoy it in the present moment, I just hope the memory lasts long after I’m gone and they smile at the pictures. They start conversations with each other and tell stories of our family. They think … good times, noodle salad.

Our annual duct tape adventures took place last month and I seemed to enjoy the creativity and architectural skills of all the participants. I’m surprised every year by the ingenuity and awesomeness of people’s spirit. Sometimes I wonder if these people make props or stage sets for a living because they’re so great. But I give my mom skills a high five as we are always one of the few boats left afloat.

This year my son, a true fan of The Rebellion, chose a Star Wars themed ship for the race and in truth we almost didn’t make it. But a couple late nights and the amazing strength of Gorilla Duct Tape and we were sailing away.


Our Rebel ship ready for takeoff 🙂

As always we participated in the child-adult race, but they also decided to try their luck in the child-child category as well. It was so fun to see them paddle their way to the finish line. Now they weren’t experienced kayakers as some of the older kids, but the fact that they raced on their own and tried it was pretty fun to watch. I was worried by son’s competitive edge would result in a frustrating loss, but he enjoyed his first kid race, regardless. My daughter attempted paddling and I believe her arm muscles didn’t appreciate it the next morning. Next year we’re gonna have to try taking rowing lessons as we finally got the buoyancy and staying afloat part nailed. We just need our rowing muscles and a little more coordination.


My favorite this year was Marty, Doc, and their DeLorean …

But no matter what, we enjoyed our day at the beach, the camaraderie of the other boat architects, the creativity of the boats and the excitement of the races. I’ll keep building the boats as long as they keep enjoying the journey.

Buen Camino my friends





9 Responses to “Duct Tape Adventures Continue …”

  1. Sorryless October 7, 2019 at 5:48 AM #

    You guys rocked the USS Rebels With A Cause!

    I love how you immerse yourself in these moments with your kids. Your passion to create and the lessons you’re imparting on the kids is a thing of beauty. And whoa! I would have been happy with having MADE something that cool, buoyancy be damned! But you guys knocked it out of the park with style AND substance.

    You’re a Hall of Fame mom.

    • The Guat October 19, 2019 at 5:19 PM #

      Oh DUUUUDE! Thanks so much for the kind words. It’s something I think is kind of cool to do with the kids and fingers crossed that they remember that boats and races. This parenting gig has got its ups and downs but I’m trying. Rebels With a Cause … that was a good one 🙂 thanks for hanging out. I meant to follow up but the flu hit me a couple days after this post and it was rough. But I’m back again 🙂 sending you sunshine and waves

      • Sorryless October 20, 2019 at 10:23 AM #

        Thank YOU so much for these awesome installments, where you provide your family’s history in such beautiful portraits.

        UGH! Not the flu!!!

        Glad you’re feeling back to normal though, and good to hear from you, as always.

        Sunshine and waves back atcha mama!

  2. susielindau October 7, 2019 at 6:59 AM #

    That is the coolest! I think your craft is AMAZING!
    We used to go to the Kinetics Race here in Boulder, but when they moved it to Longmont, I lost that lovin’ feelin’! LOL!

    • The Guat October 19, 2019 at 5:22 PM #

      Susie!!! Thanks so much! You would totally rock this race, I know it! But when distance is ginormous sometimes that fizzles the inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry for the late response I got sick after posting and finally shook it off 🙂 gonna check in on you 🙂

  3. anotherday2paradise October 7, 2019 at 9:43 AM #

    Love your boat, TG. Kudos to you and all who took part in this awesome venture. You’re really making wonderful memories for your kids to look back on. 👏🏻👍

    • The Guat October 19, 2019 at 5:24 PM #

      Ha! Thanks so much. You know parenthood is tough as I’m failing at it once a week, but sometimes moments come together and it makes me breathe it all in … I like those times. Hoping to make more. Heyyy thanks for stopping by 😉 I was sick for a bit so I hadn’t been checking in but now that I’m better I’m gonna drop by and see what you’ve been doing 🙂 hope you’re well

  4. bgddyjim October 8, 2019 at 1:01 AM #

    Nice job!

    • The Guat October 19, 2019 at 5:25 PM #

      Heyyyyy thanks! We had a good time this year 🙂

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