One of the first "new family" vacations Jim and I took my daughters on took place right here, in Ocean City, MD, about 15 years ago. While here, we took a ride on the Sea Rocket. We enjoyed it so much that while planning the weekend portion of this vacation, when my daughter and grand babes would be here, we knew we wanted to take them on the Sea Rocket as well, so we went on Sunday afternoon.
The Sea Rocket is no ordinary speed boat. It is built to literally skim over the top of the water, bouncing on its own wake, while blasting a giant "rooster tail" of water out the back. It is driven at 40mph which, believe me, feels a heck of a lot faster on water than it does on land! It's purpose? To provide you with one rip-roaring, big bouncing, thrill-filling, yes you WILL get WET joy ride! Of course, Jamison and Abigail just thought we were going for a boat ride. We sat in the back, knowing that this location had the best potential for soaking us.
The Captain started out slowly, driving along the Bay, "Look! There's the fishing marina!", around the Inlet, "Over there you can see all the carnival rides!" and into the Atlantic Ocean, "and this is where we really crank it up and yes, you WILL get WET!" His First Mate turned on the party music and we were off on our wild ride! It took about 5 seconds for Jamison to get his first face-full of sea water, which shocked him so much, he let out a huge squeal. Entertained, the crew and other passengers laughed and took pictures every time we got splashed - and we got splashed A LOT! Actually, "splashed" doesn't nearly come close to describing the experience. It's more like getting pummeled in the face with a fire hose! Of course, smart me sat directly in the middle of the boat, so I got hammered from both sides!
We laughed and screamed and Jamison and I danced in our seats, while keeping a strong grip on him and Abigail for fear they'd fly out, and when Abigail got cold, Jim put his shirt on her and wrapped her in his arms. He's such a sweetheart! Even cold and wet, she never stopped smiling!
After cruising for several miles along the coast, we came about for the return trip. This portion of the adventure was a bit calmer and slower, and facing the warm sun felt so good! There was still some splashing but getting us wet took a back seat, no pun intended, to our search for dolphins. We kept a watchful eye and pretty soon, there they were! We spied about 50 members of the pod, swimming along with us. When the boat stopped, they gathered around to put on a bit of a show, flipping out of the water, jumping up and down and seeming to pose to have their pictures taken! The kids were thrilled! The adults were thrilled! I think that even the dolphins were thrilled! Seeing such a large group, with babies alongside their parents, was quite a wonderful experience and one that we will all cherish.
And just when you'd think it was over, I started getting blasted in the head with more water! Argh, ya scurvy dog! The First Mate was after me with his water canon! He then went after the rest of the passengers, just enough to make good on his promise that yes, you WILL get WET!
Thank you so much for joining us on our wild ride! Need a towel?