Life is good..........

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Gofirstclass, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    GW and I are down in AZ now and took our Whaler out to Lake Pleasant for a pleasant afternoon on the water. One thing we wanted to do was cruise up into the NE corner of the lake where the Aqua Fria River flows into the lake. That area is closed from mid-December until mid-July because it’s an eagle nesting area and we’ve never been on the lake when that area is open.

    So after we launched we ran up to that area to take a look. On the way up there we lucked out. We ran over a submerged branch that was about 8’ long and 3” in diameter. It sounded like he!! and make the motor kick up but we didn’t have any damage to the prop, skeg or motor.

    That portion of the lake was everything we’d heard it was. Here’s a video I shot as we were leaving. In the background you can hear the motor running because we’re idling our way out.

    [video]https://youtu.be/XVFs8UZHSok[/video]

    We then cruised to another part of the lake, near the NW corner. We found a secluded little cove and beached the boat so we could just relax. We both had taken books to read so we did that for awhile then took short naps. That’s the first time we’ve taken naps on the boat and it was so quiet in that cove that it was easy to just kick back and nap.

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    After an hour or so on the beach we cruised down to Scorpion Bay, which is in the south end of the lake and is the home to two things: A marina that is run by Skipper Bob’s and Dillon’s BBQ restaurant. We didn’t eat because they were getting ready to close the kitchen. So we just had a drink then climbed back in the boat and headed back to the ramp to load the boat.

    Yup, life is good. Four hours on the water, we got to explore an area of the lake we’d never been in before, the weather was perfect (78* and almost no wind and no clouds).

    Does it get any better than this?
     
  2. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Great pics and video! ...and to answer your question...NO! Far to many of us do not take the time to "smell the roses" as you guys did.

    Thanks for posting...

    Bennett
     
  3. wyrman

    wyrman Member SILVER Sponsor

    839
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Nice pics and video of my old stomping grounds Mike. I grew up in Peoria and Lake Pleasant was a frequent hang out.
    There are quite a few wild donkeys around the lake, you can usually hear them.
     
  4. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

    41
    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    While your in AZ take the boat up to Canyon Lake. Roosevelt is another great place to play with a boat you might want to spend a couple days there.
     
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Bennett, exploring new areas is one of our favorite things to do while boating. Hence the name of our Sea Ray "Beachcomber". We don't do a lot of exploring the shorelines down here because GW is afraid of running across some slithery friends that have those noisy little rattles on the end of their bodies. We do like poking around in those small coves. They're great to drift around in and "play" a bit.

    BTW, the name of the Whaler is "Sunny Beach". It fits.

    Mike, thanks for mentioning Canyon Lake. Coincidentally we are headed to Tortilla Flat tomorrow with some friends and will take a look at the lake and launch areas.

    Greg, I didn't know you were brought up here. This state has so many places to explore and poke around in. Every time we come down here we try to find a new area to visit.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  6. wyrman

    wyrman Member SILVER Sponsor

    839
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Lake Pleasant was 20 minutes from my house growing up. Its longer now because of how it's built up out that way.
     
  7. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

    41
    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    Tortilla Flats is fun. Are all the $1 still on the walls?
    The best part of Canyon is the part you can't see from the road and marina. The Canyon winds a couple miles, there are Big Horn sheep on the high cliffs above. The facilities and ramps are good. The worst part is the road. Way more fun on a motorcycle than pulling a trailer. I have only visited there in my dinghy, way to twisty for me to trailer the bigger boats I've had.
    Glad your enjoying Arizona.
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I've been to Tortilla Flat (no "s" by the way) and it is a hoot. Yes, all those dollar bills are still stapled all over the place. We put one up there the last time we were there but no way would I remember where we put it. Here's a link to the thread I posted about that trip...
    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php/63524-A-vacation-within-a-vacation?highlight=apache

    As I recall the road from Scottsdale out to TF isn't too bad. From TF on it's horrible but one of the most beautiful areas I've ever had the pleasure of exploring. I'll have to take another look at that road before I trailer the Whaler (hey, that rhymes!) out there.
     

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