Day 5 of our houseboat vacation brought to fruition another recreation of a previous houseboat memory.
On our first 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 reading of this classic novel more enjoyable. 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 on shore.
The kids LOVED it and talked about it being one of their favorite memories of that vacation,
So, on houseboat vacation #2 we knew we wanted to plan something like that again.
On that particular trip we realized that our vacation just happened to fall on
“International Talk like a Pirate Day”
It was perfect!
We had all sorts of fun things up our sleeves for this band of scallywags, including pirate pancakes, pirate crafts and of course a treasure hunt for buried treasure.
This trip we had no real reason for a treasure hunt. We weren’t reading Treasure Island. It wasn’t International Talk like a Pirate day. But we had to recreate this treasure memory at least one more time! Braden needed his turn participating in this beloved McCleery/Hudak tradition.
So, on Tuesday we picked a docking location for the night that gave us perfect access to land. It was a beautiful cove and a perfect place to climb ashore in search of treasure.
Lana and I secretly scouted out the location while the kids were swimming and created a treasure map that would lead them to the buried treasure.
While we were out scouting possible treasure locations, we stumbled across a small box turtle whose had been unkindly wrapped up in string and electrical tape. We carried him back to the boat to help him out.
All the kids were excited to meet the box turtle we named Jack, in honor of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Especially Molly, our resident turtle lover.
Once freed from his bonds, we set him lose back on land to live out his life unencumbered by the cruelty of ignorant human beings.
That evening we packaged the booty in a water-proof container in preparation for our pirate adventure the next morning.
On Wednesday morning the girls woke early and took on the task of preparing pirate pancakes for breakfast.
The results were charming!
Then the kids donned the pirate gear that was packed for the occasion, in preparation for the big hunt.
Gracie helped turn everyone into a more authentic looking pirate with the help of some make-up.
Then it was all pirates ashore with map in hand, driven by a desire for hidden chocolate.
(Except Tyler who was too invested in trying to nab an elusive fish hiding beneath the boat to join in the treasure hunt.)
The kids headed out and began the search…
They found the hidden booty,
Returning as victors of the high sea!
ARRRGGG and Happy Sailing,
From our scurvy crew to yers!