The next sequence of photos I've had in my vault, but have never yet shared, is an episode at Lake Powell the summer of 2010. It was almost exactly one year ago to the date. I remembered this funny story line of pictures because Mom and Dad just returned from the annual Lake Powell trip, only this year they went SANS CHILDREN! They are official empty nesters now, so they enjoyed Heaven on Earth by themselves (and their two closest couple-friends.)
It began like any other typical day at Powell, but quickly transformed... well... the pictures tell the story better than I do.
Mom and Dad prepping for a lovely tube ride.
Dad has a burst of energy and starts getting risky
...but the risk was misjudged and he quickly fell off. Notice the splash of water behind moms tube :)
Round two, go!
Phil has entered the scene. His first tube ride with the Stratton family, his first time at Lake Powell. He must be initiated.
There's a brief moment of calm before...
...the first strike!
(This is a good one just for the faces they're making )
Dad hops onto Phil's tube and starts yanking on his wrist
But Phil ditches Dad and leaves him on his own. Dad looks euphoric
Phil has joined the safety of Mom's tube... they think they're safe...
...but Dad's not through and he's got a plan!
I can't remember what happens next, but somehow they end up on the same tube again and it's all out war! Hold on Phil!!
In the meantime, Mom's just smiling and enjoying the show
They both put up a good fight, but the end is near....
AAAAAAAH! OH NOOOOOO!
INTERMISSION: This is the part where I was laughing way too hard to take any pictures. Dad getting dragged behind the tube loses his board-shorts and it's a bright full moon in the middle of the day!! We're all busting our guts with laughter as he hitches up his britches!!
That's the end of the Great Battle. A split moment is caught on film of Mom and Phil's survival, still laughing. Dad was a good sport about it, nothing to be ashamed about having his tiny little hatchet-butt making a brief appearance.
Nice driving Quasimodo.