Jimmy Buffett had a concert at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio Tuesday evening and my friend April (2nd from left) invited a group of friends out on her boat to listen to the concert from the water. What an adventure! Here we are pre-party. (Not taken with my camera…little fuzzy)
I’ve been boating on the Ohio River for 20 years and have encountered some hairy situations, but this one was the most intense. I’m usually with my husband (the Captain). Anyway, here are some pics before all of the “situations” occurred. Love this photo of April having fun driving the short 10-15 minutes to the concert. Grass skirt blowing in the wind…
We spotted the 38ft. boat of our friend Bob, who we were tying up to…
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post…the river was high and the current was extremely fast. The red structure is where the concert was held. Another friend tied up to Bob’s boat and we tied up to their boat. After about five minutes, the boats behind us yelled out that we were drifting and were going to hit their boats. Come to find out another boat had accidentally run over Bob’s (the 38ft. boat) anchor and that’s why we were drifting. I ran to the front of April’s boat and although the rope was very taunt/tight, was able to untie the knot, while someone untied the back rope. April’s engine stalled and we swiftly began to play bumper boats with the boat behind us. I ran to the back and pushed off with my legs while April restarted her boat. We drove out away from the boats and waited until Bob got his anchor back and returned to give it another shot.
Once we were settled again, my friend Gina and I left our things on April’s boat and hopped aboard Bob’s boat to snack on some of the food we had brought. All of a sudden the commotion begins again outside. Another friend had tied up to April’s boat, but only their back rope was secure, so they had to cut the rope to free themselves. Meanwhile we lost anchor again, so everyone dispersed and after about 15-20 minutes, April returned to explain that she had been stopped by the water patrol, who checked to make sure she was practicing safe boating (i.e. enough life jackets, fire extinguisher, hadn’t been drinking, etc.). She passed, but after all of this, she was ready to go back to the dock and pool and relax there.
The only song I’ve ever heard on the radio from Jimmy Buffett was Margaritaville. Maybe some day I’ll get to listen to some others.
There’s always a Plan B in life!
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