After arriving and visiting at the Duncans’ place, we drove the next day to their family lake house in Otter Tail, Minnesota.
Of course, we had to make a pit stop and eat some necessary ice cream along the way.
We also stopped at the store so I could buy Mike a sport eyeglass strap for his prescription sunglasses. (This is relevant to what follows later in this wet tale.)
When we arrived at the lake house, the girls wasted no time getting into the water.
The lake house is right on the river that empties into Otter Tail Lake, making for a perfect swim spot.
Here’s a shot of Mike and his brother from another mother Cody on the jet skis–before the incident.
Cody’s wife Dixie took us girls out on the boat while our men manned the jet skis.
Annie was reluctant to go tubing, but we
forced convinced her to go, using Morgan to sweet talk her into it.
So, while all this fun was happening, Dixie happened to notice something out in the water.
Or more appropriately, someone.
“Look! Mike just flew off the jet ski!”
Sure enough, I turned to see my husband bobbing in the water a good 30 feet away from the jet ski.
My first thought was Aw I missed the action!
But lest you discount me as an uncaring wife, my second immediate thought was I hope he’s okay!
We boated over to where Mike was floating in the water. He was a bit dazed but smiling.
“Where are your glasses?!” We had to sign in big motions so Mike could see what we were saying.
It turned out that the sport sunglasses strap was worthless.
We scanned the horizon for a while hoping to see his glasses floating in the water. But no such luck.
Oh well. The important thing was that Mike was okay.
He said he’d been chasing a seagull, trying to out ski it when the bird made a sharp turn. That’s when things suddenly went wrong and Mike found himself flying backwards. And completely wet.
But this wet tale ain’t over yet.
The next night, we took the pontoon out.
Cody let Mike take the wheel.
Apparently, Mike did a good job and deserved more than a pat on the back:
Getting a little cozy:
The wives who put up with the crazy brothers:
We anchored the pontoon so the girls could jump out and swim.
When the girls had enough to swim, Cody asked Mike go to the front of the pontoon to pull in the anchor. To give you an idea of where Mike stood as he worked the anchor, picture him behind Brynn (in orange). Brynn joked about pushing Mike overboard. As tempting as it was, we all decided against that.
After a few minutes of Mike trying to free the rope, Cody went up front to see if he could give him a hand. As Cody pulled on the rope, Mike commented to him that it was really tight. So Cody let go of the rope to loosen it.
The rope went.
And so did Mike.
His eyes widened as he grabbed his hat and glasses before splashing into the water.
Everyone was shocked, especially Cody (before he started laughing, that is).
“I didn’t touch him!!” Brynn exclaimed.
We all laughed once we saw that Mike and his glasses were fine. Fortunately, he’d handed over his phone before working the anchor.
So, that wraps up this wet tale….
Until next summer!