My husband had the fourth of July off. We had decided earlier in the week that we would just pack up stuff for a day trip to the lake. We packed our zero gravity chairs, a cooler with food in it, some fun drinks, our canopy, kayak, swimsuits, and life jackets. We got to the entrance of Boyd lake (only five minutes from our house) at about 9:30 am and there was a line almost all the way to the turn off for the lake. We couldn’t believe it! Yet, we had never done anything like this before. On past fourth of Julys ‘, we’ve kept it kind of lowkey. We’d BBQ and go up to Twin Arrows Casino just outside of Flagstaff and enjoy the fireworks out there. Last year we did nothing but watch them from our window and the fireworks on TV.
Anyway if you’ve been reading the blog long enough then you know about my terrible time paddle boarding last summer. Well, I decided to trade in my paddleboard for a two-seater kayak! I sold my paddleboard for $100 bucks and bought the kayak for $79! So I actually got money back! I am very happy that we did this!
Anyway, as we entered the park we saw the parking lot had filled fast! The swim beach area had no parking available. I was immediately disappointed for the kids. They had packed their sand buckets, shovels and cars and trucks to make roads. They had planned it all out in their head. They were going to make a sandcastle city! But where would we find more sand? I’ve walked Boyd Lake a hundred times and never have I found sand anywhere else. We went to the far end of the lake past the marina up to the very tip of the lake and found some parking. As soon as we parked we snagged a picnic table and then set up our canopy close to the water along with our chairs. Of course, our view close to the water was lined with trees and tall ferns with spikes on them making it hard to access the lake, but we did find a little opening where the boys could enter the lake.
I had a lot on my mind with work-related things so I found it a little hard to relax, but I did finally tell myself to let things go because there was nothing that was going to change on the fourth of July anyway and all I was doing was ruining the day for myself by worrying about it. So I did my best to let it go for a bit. I picked up the book I was reading which was Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book appropriately called “Point of View”. Reading helped. Sometimes reading puts me to sleep and I really wanted to take a nap well before that chapter was over. There’s something about a zero gravity chair, a warm day and reading by a lake that can softly put you to sleep. I probably dozed off in my chair for a little bit.
We spent the day just listening to the water slosh up against the tree line, watching the kids play in the water and build their “rocky gravel roads”. It was a perfect day wasted do nothing, not worrying about checking anything off lists. Scott asked me if I wanted to take the kayak out and I was a little nervous because of all the boats and jet skies. The lake was at boating capacity and the water was really choppy. I was hoping for calmer waters to try it out on the first time, so I said let’s wait and see if the water calms down.
The dinner time hour came, Scott made amazing BBQ wings on the grill and we watched as people started packing things up. Some of the prime spots were starting to become available and our hope was that we could see fireworks sitting on the tailgate of Scott’s truck. As people packed up and left, we swooped in and took beachfront property. We turned the truck around and blew up the kayak and Braidy and I got in and tried it out for the first time right before a major storm hit! Can you tell from the pictures! 😉
Scott tried it out with Jaydon and even went all the way out to the buoy dodging some rude jet skiers who were speeding inside the wake zone. The water was still pretty choppy and I worried for Scott and Jaydon going out that far, but they made it and Jaydon had a blast! I can’t wait to take it out again!
Anyway, the day ended rather dramatically. As we were packing up because of stormy weather, we lost Scott’s keys. We searched everywhere for them and just couldn’t locate them. So Scott and I started retracing our steps. I looked in the back of the truck, couldn’t find them. Suddenly a huge crack of what sounded like fireworks happened right in front of my face. I looked around to see what had happened and located a quarter size ice cube looking thing. I thought, wait, did that just fall from the sky? Sure enough, it did! I hollered to Scott “We gotta go!” He was like, “um we have no keys!” We hopped inside the truck as it started being pelted by quarter-sized hail! Every time it hit the truck it made the loudest crack. Braidy started to cry a little, but we assured him everything would be okay. We sat there in awe of how big the hail was. I kept thinking if only we had the keys we could maybe outrun the hail? We sat inside searching through bag after bag for the keys and couldn’t find them.
Thankfully the hail started to turn to rain and since we had been in the lake, the rain didn’t phase us too much, we ran back out into the rain to retrace steps and look for keys. In a last-ditch effort to locate the keys, I jumped back up on the side of the truck and scanned anything I could see, looking at all the nooks and crannies of things we packed and sure enough I located the keys in a bin that had a knife, a cutting board, and some other kitchen supplies. I was ecstatic!! We had keys! We had transportation, we could get home where it was warm! I could see the look of relief on Scott’s face as well. He started the truck and we took the windy roads out of Boyd Lake State Park all the way home as it lightly rained.
After we unpacked the truck, we got a wonderful show of fireworks from our neighbors a few streets down. He worked on our A/C last year and told us all about his fascination with buying hundreds of dollars worth of fireworks up in Cheyanne every year. Anyway, we are thankful to him for putting on a great show! We just stepped right out on our porch and watched that, and the City of Loveland’s fireworks from a distance until we got tired and went to bed.
Now this image here of this hailstone was taken this evening! We went through another round of hail and a lightning storm blew through and nearly ripped the flag off our front porch. This piece of hail was about the same size that was falling from the sky yesterday! I was up in my office writing this post when I heard large cracks hitting windows and our roof. I ran to open the garage to throw an old piece of carpet over the truck’s windshield. Scott came home and decided to turn in early, so I had to wake him up for help with the carpet on the truck. Then he slept away the rest of this pretty intense thunderstorm. I’m glad for him though, he rarely sleeps well and right now as I write the end of this, it looks like we are starting round two of more hail!
Yikes!! How big can it get?!
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