Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Instead of Sewing...

No sewing in the past two weeks. I thought Sunday there might be a chance, but DH suggested a day trip to Virginia Beach. I think he was trying to avoid the current task on his "Honey- Do" list - repointing the bricks of the front steps. I don't blame him. It was one of the first "cooler’ less humid days is several weeks. Gorgeous! I spent the 2 hour ride reading fashion magazines and planning fall sewing project. At our destination, on the beach, relaxing in my beach chair with my toes in the sand, I switched to Fundamentals of Fashion Design published recently in English by Bunka Publishing Bureau. The review is in the previous post. Reading about body size, shape, metrics, posture and aging issues and then to look up and have a large group of scantily clad bodies as real life examples really reinforced the reading, and made me resolve to pass on the boardwalk french fries. I looked up in the sky and admired the parasails being towed by motor boats just off shore. It looked like fun. Elder DS said he would do it with me, so I phoned in our reservations right then and there, before I could rethink my decision. Two hour later we were strapped into harnesses below a billowing sail, tethered at the end of 600 feet of nylon rope, being towed by a speeding motor boat. It was wonderful! It was very quiet up there and the view was spectacular. I highly recommend it. And just so you know, I am not a daredevil. I do not like standing on the edge of sheer drop-offs like the edge of the Grand Canyon and absolutely hate Ferris Wheel rides. This was totally different. The harness was not painful or uncomfortable and the landing and lift off is from a sitting position on the back deck of the boat. Here we are, just after being yanked off the back of the boat by the sail as the captain released the line.

I was not the oldest person on the boat doing this. There was a 60ish grandma that went up with her 10 year old grandson. His excitement and wonder at the experience had us all smiling. And I know exactly how he felt!


  1. Wow! You were so brave! Looks like you had a wonderful time. That will be a nice memory to look back for you and your son.

  2. What a wonderful break! I enjoyed the pictures.Virginia Beach was my teenage playground. You made me homesick. Now I must plan a trip home and maybe even go flying through the sky.

  3. That looks like an amazing thing to do! So nice you were with great company :)

  4. I'm so jealous!
    Many years ago, on a visit to Hawaii, I talked dh into doing this. Now, he is NOT a water person, and really doesn't even know how to swin. At WDW the only "ride" we could talk him into going on was the IMAX one - not really a ride, but even THAT one took a lot of coaxing (rolling eyes)

    Alas, we were there during Hurricane season, and our sail had to be cancelled because of the weather. I KNOW I'll never be able to talk HIM into it again, but I'm pretty sure at least ONE of my kids would do it. Hope springs eternal.