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2013-07-05 20:32:39
Lake Travis: Just for Fun Watercraft Rentals

This past weekend I took the family (8 of us total) out to Lake Travis for some boating and fishing. I’ll tell ya, the fishing was not great. I also guarantee it was probably the fault of the fisherman (me) than the fishing at the lake.

We decided to rent the 24 ft Pontoon Boat from Just for Fun Watercraft Rentals and I got to tell ya, overall, it was a great time.

I will say that it is a bit of a trek from the parking area down to the boats. So if you’re bringing a cooler, bring the one with wheels. Also, watch your footing on the steep, flat metal section of the ramp. The wife nearly bought the farm!

Once you get everyone down safely and near the boats, check in was pretty easy with our reservation. A quick copy of your driver’s license and away you go over to the boats for your “orientation”. Our guy was pretty thorough showing us where everything was in case we got stopped by the police on the water. Yes there out there. All the safety features were covered. He also was abundantly clear that if we dinged the motor we were going to pay for it.

He even mentioned which cove to avoid because it is considered the “party cove” for all the party barge rentals. We actually spent a little time watching these crazy people jump from the drop offs. Good times.

Now the fun right? No, you actually have to putter out of the marina at nothing more than a crawl.

But I have to say, once you get out on the open lake… it was a great day. The boat even came with a stereo system. I know, how far behind the times am I?

We drove from cove to cove. Throwing fishing poles out. Loosing lures here. Somehow catching the lost lures there. My wife even caught a catfish! A, maybe, 1.5 lb catfish, but a catfish none the less. Wait, does it count as a “catch” if someone else (me) has to take it off the hook? Anyway, I digress.

Other boaters on the lake were exceptionally nice drivers. Normal driving, stick to the right, rules seemed to apply. 

The 4 hours seem to fly by once you’re out there, so set an alarm or something. If you’re late they’ll charge you by the minute.  

We made it back just on time and made the trek back to the trucks. It was wonderful summer fun and we will be definitely going back soon!

It is days like this that make me glad that I sell real estate in Austin, TX. I get to help people moving here realize what a great, family friendly, place Austin really is.


Robert T. Evans aka. the 'Big Man'
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