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. 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?