Finding family fun for two adults, a tween girl, and a 13-year old boy is tough. And when I say tough, I mean Herculean. Especially with the 13-year old whose favorite word right now is “meh”. As in, “How was school?” “Meh.” “Do you want to go to the park?” “Meh.” So on and so forth.
When we had the pleasure of visiting South Padre Island on behalf of Texas Travel Talk, I got the expected responses. “Yay.” “Yay”. “Meh”. It’s like an emoji version of “Duck, Duck, Goose.” I, however, had an ace in my pocket. I secured a ride on the Thriller speedboat hosted by Osprey/Black Dragon Cruises.
My family and I were provided the opportunity to ride the Thriller & a stipend.
The opinions are mine.
With crossed fingers and a prayer , we headed down to Pirate’s Landing in Port Isabel.
We were welcomed by skull and crossbones…
and had some fun with the mateys.
After fun on the pier, we argh-ed our way to the boat. And yes, in case you’re wondering, that counts as a smile from Meh boy. Note the slightest upward angle of the corners of his mouth. For those of you not initiated into the world of 13, this was a sign that the freeze was lifting.
The full thaw came, however, when we all saw this.
That is the Thriller and it is HUGE. We filed on and the fun began. The deckhand cranked up “Bad to the Bone” and we sped into the beautiful aqua waters. The wind blew our hair, no, I should say it whipped our hair. The sea water sprayed our face. (Note, wear sunglasses as much to protect your eyes from the salt water as the sun.)
We bounced and splashed through the waves and found ourselves way out in the Gulf. As we caught our breath, I turned to Mr. Meh. But instead of “meh” , I got Really! He literally gave me a thumbs up. That is the equivalent of jumping up and down from him.
After catching sight of a few dolphins and learning a little history, we sped back to port.
In this version of the game, we were all “Yay!”s. In fact, when I pressed him about the ride, he literally yelled, “Yes, I had a great time. It was fun! Are you happy?”
Yes, yes, I am,
So, if you have a hard-to-please “meh” kind of kid, consider the Thriller Speedboat cruise.