“Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” –Mark Twain
No, we didn’t plan our houseboat vacation around this much-loved holiday, it was simply sweet serendipity.
On our last houseboat vacation with the Hudak family the kids were in 8th, 7th, 6th, and 5th grades. At the time one of the assigned reading novels was Treasure Island. We decided to bring the book on vacation and read it aloud to all the kids as we boated along. It was a perfect fit and made the experience all the more fun. At the end of the week we decided to surprise the kids with a pirate treasure hunt to wrap up our week of reading Treasure Island.
While the kids were swimming we slipped a bottle into the water containing a map that led to a buried treasure found on shore.
The kids LOVED it and talk about it being one of their favorite memories of that vacation,
So we knew we wanted to plan something like that again…
And then we realized that our vacation just happened to fall on
“International Talk like a Pirate Day”
We had all sorts of fun things up our sleeves for this band of scallywags.
But first everyone needed their pirate names.
Using a site online that takes the first initial of your first, middle and last name to determine your new pirate name
everyone was renamed for the day:
Tyler: Redhead Holystone
Ozzie: Jolly Eddie
Tatum: Red Cackle
Rusty: Stinky Spike
Lucas: Bucko Head Bart
Molly: Deadman Creeper
Olivia: Jolly Bones
Grace: Sharkbait George
Lucas then entertained us with some pirate jokes that he had saved up for the day.
“What has eight legs, eight hands, and eight eyes?”
Answer: “Eight pirates”
“What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?”
Answer: “You think it’d be ‘R’ but it’s really high ‘C’”
“What’s a pirates favorite pace to eat?”
What do you call a pirate with two arms, two legs, and two eyes?”
Answer: “A beginner”
Our day was full of high seas fun, beginning with a breakfast of pirate pancakes.
We sorted the treasure into individual baggies for the eight kids and placed them in our treasure chests.
Now that we knew our destination
we could set sail.
While the captains steered us to the treasure the kids began gearing up for the hunt in their pirate garb.
From our scurvy crew to yers!