From where I was sitting on the dock, I couldn't get any closeup videos/pictures of him actually making the turns, but I did get this nice shot of him waving to the camera as he made the turn for another run.
Dave learned to ski from Dr. Carl Plowman (the doctor who delivered me, by the way). Doc closed his office on Wednesday afternoons and spent every summer Wednesday and Saturday at the lake, weather permitting. He would select a jr. high or high school student to take along, teach them to ski, and also teach them to drive his boat so he could ski. When that student graduated, he found a new trainee. Doc skied to the age of 85, when his cardiologist told him he had to stop. My guess is that Dave will be skiing to that age and beyond, regardless of what doctors say.
|Our boat with Mitch driving - circa 1997|
|James Bond in Live and Let Die|
We own a classic 1977 Glastron GT-150 (the same type of boat James Bond used to make the famous jump in Live and Let Die.) It sat in storage for a few years when we lived in Southwest Kansas where they have no water, but it's back out, polished up, and making weekly trips to the lake. This means we've been seeing more of Amanda lately, as she lives close enough to run up for an afternoon of skiing. Here's a couple shots she took of Dave last time she was up.
One of our retirement dreams is a house on a lake - where we can make a quick ski run in the cool hours of morning/evening without the hassle of loading up and driving. Then we can spend the rest of the time fishing or just enjoying the beauty of the water and wildlife. For now, that will have to remain on the Bucket List, but on July 21st, Dave will get to check off another entry.