With a few hours of our day left we decide to take the boat out for a run. But the second we got out there it started pouring and we decide to head back in. Once we got back into the house boat a thunder storm starts. The ropes and anchors they gave us to keep the house boat tied down kept pulling up from the sand. It is beyond me why they would give you ropes and anchors that don't hold up in a tiny thunderstorm! So the boys kept having to go in and out re-digging and fixing them. Eventually the storm passed and it cleared up. After being on the house boat so long from the storm, we decided to head out on the boat and not waste the last bit of the day we had.
Chris decided to try some wake surfing and we had started his run, when he fell, a few seconds later there was a big BAM! It lifted me out of my seat, and I remember thinking Stanton (who was driving) must have slammed on the breaks. But why would he slam on the breaks? Next thing I see is Stanton and Preston standing out of the boat... wait what? What are they standing on? We had hit a rock. A HUGE rock! Right in the middle of the lake! A lake that people had been boating on ALL day?!
What was happening?! Our luck had been miserable from the start of the trip and now this? Apparently the water levels have been very low this entire summer in Powell, and rocks like that are usually tagged so people go around them. However, with the water sometimes dropping two inches in just an hour, they can't catch every rock. We just happened to be the first to hit that particular rock that day. We were devastated. We had all been saving our money for this trip and we knew we had just totaled the boat. The very expensive boat. Yes, we had insurance on it, however, it was a pretty steep deductible, and when you add the cost of paying for the boat and not even using it, we lost a significant amount of money. Which is hard for a bunch of young adults, with student loans etc. to swallow.
However, as we got back into the house boat Trevor was being so positive, and kept trying to remind everyone how lucky we are to have our health and that, that was what was important. When everyone was in a pretty gloomy mood, it made all the difference for me to have someone being so positive about what was a pretty horrible situation. Things could have been much worse and it was a nice to be reminded what really matters. By the next morning everyone felt a little lighter and brighter. We didn't want to let this ruin our entire trip, I mean, we had paid for a house boat for the rest of the week, we may as well enjoy it.
And we did. We were in beautiful Lake Powell, with a great group of friends! We spent the rest of the week cliff jumping, swimming, exploring, and playing games. I am happy our group was able to look for the good, even when it was hard to see it.
When we got back from our trip a few days later there was a news story about a twenty three year old at Lake Powell that had been ejected from his boat that had hit a rock. The boat had ran over him and he was killed. To see this news was very somber. My heart goes out to everyone who knows him, and while it may seem inappropriate to even say so, it made me realize how blessed and lucky we were.
If Chris hadn't fallen when he did, we would have been going at a much faster speed when we hit the rock and not only could that have hurt any passengers in the boat, Chris could have smacked into the back of the boat, or that rock himself. It can be hard to see blessings in bad circumstances, but when you look deep, sometimes you can see how things that were bad could have been much worse, even fatal. Unfortunately it took a tragedy to really have that lesson settle in.
I am thankful for a positive and caring husband, for good friends who can join together when things get difficult, and for hidden blessings. This may have been something as insignificant as crashing a boat, however, life will eventually give us all curve balls. It will give us things much more difficult to deal with, like death. And when those hard times come, which they inevitably will, I want to be that kind of person who looks for the good. Who can be at peace, because I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and that there is a plan. That it will all work out.
*Nasty side note, Trevor's leg was super infected and he ended up having to be on several antibiotics for a few weeks. The doctor said he should have had stitches. I will spare you the pictures...
*I had originally planned on taking a ton of photos with my nice camera, and making a video, but due to the events didn't end up getting much of either. So I figured I would share this trip via my Instagram!
Trevor playing his guitar! Off in the distance you can see our house boat, and the infamous wake boarding boat.
Just before we all went cliff diving!
The boys playing volleyball.