Monday, August 2, 2010

Aqua Palooza or Bust

AquaPalooza is the name given to a series of on-water celebrations held during the last two weekends in July at more than 100 locations around the world. Created by Sea Ray Boats, AquaPalooza is free and open to all boaters and non-boaters. Each gathering features fun activities for family and friends of all ages, such as live entertainment, games, giveaways and much more. 

Saturday was the local event scheduled in our area.  We were both so excited about going.  By boat we had a two hour round trip. 

We arrived early, and since boats were all ready arriving we thought this was a good sign.  We registered so we could get our t-shirts and goody bag stuff.  Lunch was being served at 11:30 and by that time only a couple more boats showed up.  It was a disappointing turn out to say the least.

Lunch was served.  Man it was bad.  They called it BBQ but it was like no BBQ I have ever had before and I live in the south where BBQ is a religion.  During the registration we were asked if we wanted to participate in the Beach Olympics.  Seriously? 

It was 1000 degrees out there and no sporting events that called for lazing on my float in the water doing no more than identifying crazy cloud formations.  I would have so been on top of that event and have taken the gold.  We politely declined.

We stayed for about an hour, but than decided to head back to our beach.  We know everyone who hang here and we have our spot where we are very comfortable.  Plus it puts us closer to home.  

In retrospect I am glad it worked out the way it did.  Since the oil spill our beaches have been deserted by the normal boaters we are used to seeing out there.  Not this weekend.  It was fantastic.  We saw more boats docked in our normal area than we have seen all season combined.  

We were able to salvage the day even though the AquaPalooza event was bust.  But anytime I get to spend time with Captain Kid and be on the water is a good day.  

Also, the pictures should explain with out words why where we live is called the Emerald Coast.  Seriously, we live in Paradise.  Wish you all could have been there. 


Linda G. said...

Bad barbecue? Sacrilege! But those pics are gorgeous. I wish I could've been there, too. Way more fun than spending the day grocery shopping and doing laundry. (Yes, I know. I can hardly stand the excitement, either.)

Candyland said...

Yeah the pics are great! I want to go!!! But uh, bad bbq is a no-no.

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