Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Parasailing In St. Augustine
One of the benefits of having an uncle who is single, is you might just be doted on if you happen to be his niece or nephew. This is especially true for my brood. Their Uncle T. (my big brother) always spoils them and we never know what his Christmas gift will be.
We just know that it will be something different and wonderful.
One year it was a week at Surf Camp for each kid.
This past Christmas, it was tickets for the 1400 foot parasail trip from SmileHigh Parasailing in St. Augustine. Too chilly in December (for sane people) to use those tickets, so they had to wait until last week's vacation.
So it was, that last week I watched my entire DNA contribution to the world sail up over a thousand feet into the air at the end of a slender rope.
(I don't know where they got this urge to go adventuring)
On any commercial boat, tips are welcomed, so I slipped the first mate a $20 bill before the kids buckled in and said, "I know it's going to be a great ride, so I'll just tip you now".
We were not disappointed.
Captain Rob took the boat back and forth in front of the beach pier where Uncle T. stood watching his nephew and nieces use his generous gift finally. It was a great ride, and when Capt. Rob asked if the kids would mind getting wet, I told him to "Dunk Away!"
He complied by slowing the boat so that the kids gently touched the water. Then he alternately accelerated and slowed to raise and lower them in and out of the sea.
Of course they loved that...so did I.
Next time, Mrs. FC and I are going up.