I love everyone's stories! Like many others, mine is a bit of a "Circle of Life' story. My grandparents had a cottage on a lake when I was growing up. Those are some of my best memories as a kid - boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, tubing, etc...
Over the years, my wife and I have worked hard, saved and planned well, and we were able to buy a ski chalet in Northern Michigan back in 2001. It wasn't directly on the water, but it was still great! It was what we could afford at the time to build memories with our kids, as well as enjoy time with our extended families and our friends. Being in Northern Michigan, we were a stone's throw from a dozen lakes, and we were located at a ski resort. Plenty of fun things to do all year round. We have many great memories from those days!
We sold that cottage nearly two years ago with an eye towards getting 4 kids through college (2 are currently in college with two more to go, and its a bit expensive - ), as well as with the goal of some day having a lakehouse in retirement (my dream - but also too darn expensive - ).
Last year my dad and step-mom were killed in a motorcycle accident in Florida going into their second year in retirement together. Long story short, the entire process (their accident and deaths, managing their two estates as their personal reps, etc...) has given me some new outlooks on life. It has reminded me that although it is healthy and prudent to plan and prepare for the future, that future isn't guaranteed.
As a result, we have gotten a new cottage sooner than we had planned - this time on a lake. Being directly on the water is the culmination of a life long dream for me. We have also ordered our first ever boat: a Bennington tritoon - a 2017 SSBXP. My goal is relaxing and playing on the water, all the while making more family memories at our new cottage.
Our new Bennington will be a very big part of those memories! We have family and friends lined up to spend some time with us up north at our cottage this summer. Just as I grew up with fond memories of my grandparents lake front cottage, I am hopeful our kids will have lasting memories (both of our old ski cottage, as well as future memories at our new lakefront cottage). Some day we hope to pass along such memories and experiences to our future grandkids.
That's my "Circle of Life" story, and how my wife and I have recently ended up on the water. Our only current problem is the water is frozen (darn you Michigan), and the boat is on order. Summer 2017 cannot get here soon enough for this family of six!
No kidding. Our shop was in Neptune. Spent most of my life there. Miss Pete and Elda's . Born and raised in Spring Lake.
What was the name of the shop and what was it? Lived in Brielle in the 80's with wife #2 and in Pt Pleasant in the early 90's. Then Neptune with current wife and then to Jackson until 2006 when we moved to Lake Norman.