The Kids

The Kids

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Without a paddle...

We headed out on Houghton Lake tonight to take in a little evening fishing... the boys were excited to catch a 'big one' (or a little one for that matter). We had been out on the lake for a half hour and hadn't caught anything... it was getting dark and Grandpa decided it was time to head in... unfortunately we didn't know that the oil was leaking out of the boat. Grandpa shut the boat down almost as soon as he got it started. There was no oil pressure and upon further investigation, not a drop of oil in the engine... we were stranded on the lake!

It was getting dark and a lot of the boats had already gone in... I pulled out my phone and made my first call to Roscommon County 9-1-1. They were going to send out a boat to tow us in... I got off the phone and a boat was leaving an onshore restaurant. Woo-hoo!

We flagged them down (second call to 9-1-1) and they towed us to the docks... third call to 9-1-1 to let them know that we got in okay. Valerie (we were on a first name basis) was glad to hear that we had gotten off the water safely.

I have to admit that it was nice to be stuck in a boat on the lake... rather than stuck in a truck in traffic on the highway (that's everyday in Northern Virginia!)

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