We decided to go for a drive and enjoy the afternoon. We stopped at Lake Crabtree park and were pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do there.
Got some fantastic pictures of Meg with all the gorgeous yellow daisies...
The gentleman renting these boats was super friendly and stopped to talk to us and pet Meg. He told us about another couple who frequented the park and canoed regularly with their golden retriever. "Their dog is SO good... she just lays down as they paddle all over the lake!"
In my mind, all I heard was "you have a challenge afoot". A 'who has the best dog' competition. I hear "they have a good dog" and I think... "no, MEG is the BEST dog. I must prove this to the world".
Somehow, this conversation ended with us getting in a canoe, wearing life jackets. With our dog... Who has never been on a boat before. She's been on a small train at Travel Town. But never anything in the water.
Did you know that canoes tip easily when there is any movement?
So, as our new friend pushed us out into the water, he had a very concerned look on his face as we were trying to paddle while holding the dog down and yelling "STAY!" every few seconds. The boat was wobbling all over the place. It must have been pretty comical to watch. I had my deer-in-the-headlights face on while I was thinking that I had just made a huge mistake.
It took a while to get Meg to relax, and because she was behind me, I had no idea what she was doing. So, I would paddle, then say "stay", then say "good girl", paddle, "stay", paddle, "stay", paddle, glance, "stay". It wasn't the best start to our nautical adventure. Nathan had to give me updates on what she was doing and how she was handling it all. Sheer panic on my part finally turned into calm enjoyment as Meg laid down in the canoe as we paddled along the edge of the lake and got to explore. The water was calm, planes were taking off overhead and it was really an amazing experience.
I'm happy to report we arrived back safe and dry... and I can't wait to go back! Best seven bucks we ever spent :)