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WQW #24: Travel by Whatever Floats

June 29: Travel/Transportation: Boats or Ships/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY(Word of the Year) Update

"This boat that we just built is just fine - 
And don't try to tell us it's not. 
The sides and the back are divine - 
It's the bottom I guess we forgot."
©Shel Silverstein
Manny and Justin Beaver enjoying a whaling tour in Hawaii.

Not to rock the boat, but you have a lot of choices for this month – including your choice of topic.

Featured Bloggers for WQW #23: Summer Colors and Summer Solstice

Thank you to those who linked.


This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

For More Ideas about Water Transportation

Definition of Water Transportation

A Google search brought up several clarifying concepts. Water transport is defined as the process of moving people, freight, and mails by barge, boat, ship, or sailboat over a sea, ocean, lake, canal, and river or by other types of water transportation. Anything that floats includes cruise ships, racing boats, off-road riding boats, windsurfer boats, riverboats, jet skis, battleships, raft boats, kayaks, canoes, ferries, yachts, submarines, and tugboats.

My Choice Quotes for Whatever Floats

“Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring… ‘How to Build a Boat.'”

—Steven Wright

You may be a brilliant boater, skier, kayaker, or fisherman. I am none of those things. As a child, the closest I got to a boat was the shore. As a teen, Randy and I learned to water ski from a friend who had a boat. Now, my brother gets deathly ill riding the smoothest of boats. As an adult, I take tour boats, and cruises, and go on a very occasional kayak spin around a calm river or lake.

So if I were stranded on a desert island, I would need that book unless I found a couple of these just lying on the island unused.

“My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, ‘Mom, they weren’t trying to teach you how to swim.'”

—Paula Poundstone

Doesn’t that picture look like it was made for the quote? These patient California neighbors of ours took me kayaking four years ago, and that’s my most recent adventure in the kayak. I couldn’t get out of it. My legs were numb.

Kayaking is a great sport here in AZ. We have four lakes within a 10-minute’s drive to kayak on. My Navy veteran husband really doesn’t like boats. Like my brother, he gets very seasick. So we have not kayaked together once. I’m still hopeful.

“Canoeing was hard and scary, and the wind could blow you across the lake if you did it wrong. After a year of not doing it right, I could talk to people and get them to sit up straight, take different kinds of chances, to breathe differently, to engage in the moment in the boat. And I changed them, and I changed me in the process.”

—Seth Godin

Kayaking on the Banana River

By the way, Seth Godin, I never quite got to that level of expertise.

These photos come from my 2018 archives detailing my week-long adventure with my California neighbors. We four females met in Florida, three generations of the Hackett family and one Ingrao. Though none of us were experienced kayakers, the dolphins and manatees didn’t know the difference. Original Post.

Earlier we took a boat across Boggy Creek. You can tell by the picture where its name is derived. Yes, an alligator swam close to make the tour worthwhile.

Boggy Creek Air Boat Tour

Other Boating Adventures

Randy is a good sport and has been on a few boating adventures with me. In Oregon, we went out on a tour fishing boat. We saw this beautiful real fishing boat along the way.

On our way out to sea from Newport, Oregon, we dropped a line in hopes of catching a crab. Randy was the biggest crab on the boat. He got deathly sick on this trip for some reason. We had not prepared for it, but one lovely lady gave him a Dramamine and he made it through. On the way back we picked up the basket and had several lovely crabs and learned how to hold them in case we needed that skill later in life.

In Chicago, we went on a water taxi and an architectural tour by boat on the Chicago River. He enjoyed both of them.

A gorgeous October day in Chicago

In Brisbane, my friend Carol and I took a tour of Brisbane. It looks like rain because it did rain. We both enjoyed the tour and didn’t mind the rain at all. It was mid-summer after all.

Brisbane Boat Tour

Now it’s your turn.

For those of you who love the water, I hope this will spur you on to create your own posts. Have a fun week. 🙂

Other Challenges Influencing WQW #24

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On July 5th Story Chat is proud to announce a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog
  • PPAC #52 Jumbled Jars and Other Junk – (Photographing Public Art Challenge) Your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • July 6: Fitness Followup #2/ or favorite summer sports
    • July 13: Senses: Hearing
    • July 20: Animals: Pets or Not
    • July 27: Sun/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

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  1. Great pics Marsha and such fun. Your stories are cute too . I love kayaking AND fast boating but I get sick on a sailboat. A picture says a 1,000 words. Missing the lake this weekend. we can’t get the boat out. darn it. Plus, we’re moving all the stuff our getting ready for phase 2 of the next half o the project. Happy 4t/💖h

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    • I know. That’s what they are for me, too. 🙂 I press enter on a key word, and almost every word has a picture of Australia attached to it. I guess I had a great time! 🙂 LOL

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  2. Marsha, I am a fan of boats, from kyacks to cruise ships – oh wow, that sounds like a post title. I have a WOTY wrap-up planned for Sunday but I might just have to change things up a bit. I got a chuckle that your Navy man gets seasick. Malcolm’s dad was Navy also. He didn’t know how to swim!

    It’s nice that you and Terri are spending time together. Give SUP a try and have fun. I promise anyone can do it and I can’t think of a better teacher than Terri.

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    • Hi Suzanne, I need to do a WOTY wrap up, but I usually do that on my Coffee Share post. That’s pretty funny that Malcolm’s dad can’t swim. It is so fun to get together with other bloggers. She had lunch with another blogger and I had a wonderful time with Janet from This That and the Other Thing on Tuesday and Wednesday. 🙂 We are both looking forward to spending time with Terri. Wish you could join us. 🙂

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  3. I’m excited to be able to link a great Sunday Stills post to your theme this week, Marsha! My theme on July 3rd is Beautiful Beaches so this helped inspire parts of my post! I was in boats and on the water at a very early age. In fact, my dad named his little fishing dingy the “Terri-Ann.” I am eager to hop in the lakes with you in Prescott in a matter of a few days! Never fear, I will teach you, even if it is to sit-down SUP!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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