The spirit of Project Adventure is powerful and infectious. Over July 4th weekend, I went to visit my Dad in South Carolina, and he let it be known that he was DFA (down for adventure).
So off we went to Lake Murray for a morning of jet skiing. There was only one jet ski available to rent, so I let my Dad be the driver first, then we switched off halfway through our 4-hour session. Dad took it pretty easy on the controls, but once I took over things got a little speedier….
Jet skiing was an amazing adrenaline rush, and I could easily see myself getting hooked. For a novice, it was easy to pick up and the only challenging part of the whole experience was navigation. Lake Murray is 50,000 acres and has 500 miles of shoreline. The jet ski rental place gave us a sketched map, but after many twists and turns around the lake, we realized we had NO IDEA where we were.
We rode around aimlessly for quite a while before finally calling the kind people at the jet ski rental place to have them locate us via the onboard GPS and talk us in. I guess lack of navigation skills run in the family. Below is a screen grab from my iPhone, as I tried in vain to use the Maps app to figure out where we were in a vast sea of blue.
Other than wondering if we’d be lost on Lake Murray forever, jet skiing was a pretty amazing adventure and one I’m hoping to do again soon.