A family adventure on a houseboat

This was one of the family adventures we partook of last year. I have heard about the amazing Lake Powell my whole life and we had a window of time last summer where, miraculously, nothing else was going on. So we rented a houseboat from some very nice people at a marina on Lake Powell, took a couple of our children with their children who were also free at that time to Northern Arizona to discover Lake Powell from a houseboat.

It was a marvelous way to spend time with children and grandchildren. The lake scenery was breathtaking. The water was warm and inviting in the heat of the day, and the antics of the children and grandchildren were immensely entertaining.

Almost running us into the wall of the canyon, when it was Scot’s turn to drive the boat.

Bailey finding a new friend on the houseboat next to us the first evening.

Jack & Ethan using an old log for a tug boat.

Justin sitting the reeds along the shore for hours spying commando style on a neighboring houseboat.

An abrupt landing on an underwater beach where we experienced flying dishes in the cabin.

A midnight swim off the slide into inky, black water by the most adventurous of the group.

 A constant chasing of baby Gracie as she insisted on being on deck during transport.

You can buy an experience…the memories are free.


Parenting tip:

Memories of the fun times we experience together as a family are the stuff that holds families together during the difficult times. Memories are even more poignant and special when recorded by a camera that is always near at hand and ready.

Make it a point to watch for opportunities to capture photos of sudden adventures or unexpected turns of events that could occur during the course of an ordinary day. These are the photos that will make for the best stories of your family as they grow older.

Enjoy your family, find joy in your parenting.

MaryAnn Ball

For more great parenting tips and a great parenting course, go to www.preparingthemillennialchild.com.

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  1. This was an awesome trip! My favorite memory was when Dad “beached” the houseboat at a brisk 11 MPH. That was exciting!

    Thanks for reminding me!

  2. That was our absolute favorite family vacation we have ever been on. The memories continue to delight us. Thanks for the fun. We will never forget it.

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