Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Swim-platform-gating



I got to do the coolest thing this past weekend. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Kevin and I got to participate (loosely) in the Vol Navy. This is such a cool thing (cannot even believe I am saying that about UT) that the Vols fans do. UT has a tradition where fans come down the Tennessee River by boat, tailgate (swim-platform-gate) and then walk to the stadium for the game. How totally awesome! Most of the UT boats even have flags...we did not go that far.


We started our adventure last Thursday when we flew into Nashville. Much cheaper and Kevin had customers to see in/around the Nashville area. He went for work (of course!) mostly and I tagged along so I could go to the UF/UT game. Kevin acutally has quite a few customers in Tennessee. You would not think so but there are a lot of boats made up there. Anyway, I was asking him if there was any way we could get a boat, possibly from a customer, and go down the Tennessee River to the stadium and tailgate on the boat. Of course my honey was able to make it happen. We went with some really great customers of his who took care of the whole boat thing. Kevin and I met up with the main person Friday and did the trip down the river or up the river, not sure which...direction is really not my thing...to a marina just down from the stadium. Saturday we met back up, took the boat closer to the stadium and tied off another boat. The boat we tied up next to was full of Gator fans. And, the mom on the boat totally saved us as she had cooked for like 20 guys (her son and his friends) and had tons of food which she was kind enough to share with us. Ribs...yummy!

Being a boater all my life I have never experienced anything like this. Boats would raft up (tie up to) each other in lines as long as 15/20 boats. Most impressive. I thought for sure people would be all snotty about their boats (they are here) but not so much. You end up walking across all the boats to get to shore and 99% of the people were really nice. We did have a couple that were a little snotty but whatever. I just love boaters.


3 comments:

*pab said...

"I was asking him if there was any way we could get a boat, possibly from a customer, and go down the Tennessee River to the stadium and tailgate on the boat. Of course my honey was able to make it happen." - of course he did! So glad you guys had fun! xo

Keysgal@QuietWater said...

That has always looked like the best fun ever and I am so glad you got to finally experience it. Looks like you had a blast. My only question: to the boater who got a little crabby...if you don't want people walking on your boat maybe you should anchor out?? Thanks for sharing the pix. xoxo

Kevin said...

These pix were early in the AM. It got MUCH more crowded closer to Game time. As did our own boat, as the rest of the customers and their wives showed up. It was a great time and wouldn't have happend if Ashley didn't push for it over a year ago.