Kip’s Comments 8-11-17

Logan Driving the Boat During "Pizza and Pontoon Night" - Image 454432 (© Kip Ladage)

 

“Pizza and Pontoon Night” and Lumps in Their Throats

Every now and then, maybe once a year (or maybe there is more time in between) this grandpa coordinates something I call “Pizza and Pontoon Night.” After work I pull our pontoon boat to an area lake where Kristy, Zach, Nikki, Emerson, and Logan meet me. I bring the pontoon boat and they bring the pizza. First we motor around the lake with the other boats. Then we find a nice spot where we shut off the motor and drift across the lake as we eat pizza. As we are eating we have meaningful conversation – from adult to adult to child to adult. The only interruptions are to wave at the other boats or to hold on when waves rock our boat. I think I can say with certainty that all of us sincerely enjoy the night on the water.    

Tonight was our “Pizza and Pontoon Night” at Brinker Lake. We shared the water with plenty of other boats, yet there was room for us to drift quietly as we ate. The grandkids loved it as did us parents and grandparents. The weather was ideal and made for perfect conditions for “Pizza and Pontoon Night.”        

This photo shows how Logan thought he was going to drive the boat. At two-years old (this weekend), this little guy has a pretty good idea what he is doing. Of course I am there actively supervising. (Note: Hannah, Andy, and Hunter…you need to do “Pizza and Pontoon Night” with us too!) 

“Pizza and Pontoon Night”:    

Logan Driving the Boat During "Pizza and Pontoon Night" - Image 454432 (© Kip Ladage)

Logan Driving the Boat During “Pizza and Pontoon Night” – Image 454432 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Earlier today I photographed two bird species as they were eating. This bald eagle was gulping bites of a road-killed raccoon, and almost getting hit in the process. It would land, grab a bite, and then fly away over and over.  

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight:    

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 454426 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 454426 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I was just a few seconds late with my camera for this next image. Me and a buddy watched as this great blue heron caught, killed, and ate a big bullfrog. Like the eagle, this great blue heron had a lump in its throat.  

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh:

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh - Image 454421 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at Sweet Marsh – Image 454421 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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