Today we have built a raft and bravely ventured out on a lake on it.
This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page.
For the build we used plastic barrels, two wooden rods, and rope. A few figure of eight, and D knots, and we were ready to set sail. Dad was pleased there was only space for four, and agreed to be photographer.
I was nervous about this task as I did not want to get wet, and the boys did. They wanted to jump off the raft in the middle of the lake, but I managed to persuade them to let me off at the nearest dock first. Our instructor then suggested why didn’t they jump in off the pier whilst we dismantled the raft – which thankfully they went for.
Dangling feet in was enough for Boy 1, who said, “it’s cold, I’m not going in there!”. Boys 2 and 3 went for a full on swim! I did feel a bit of a party pooper not falling in, but was also quite smug I’d remained dry.
As we paddled from one dock to the next I could feel the ropes loosening. The instructor said it’s 50/50 for peoples raft’s dismantling mid lake. There was certainly evidence to prove this back in the drying room, which was full of wet gear.
Have you made a raft and paddled it? Or swam in a lake recently?
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