Last Wednesday I fished with JW a bit then we decided to go in , I had mentioned to JW that now that the water was low it made it difficult for me being as Disabled as I am ,I could use a hand up out of the boat at the Ramp. Well we got to the ramp and JW said I'll back your truck in and you can just drive your boat on since I have steps on my trailer to step off. Well we got to the dock and JW was loading his boat , I chose rather than go through the trouble I'd just try to get out on my own. Well I eased up to the dock shifted to neutral and allowed the boat to slowly creep towards the dock as I reached for the cleat to tie off , the boat was 8-10 inches off the dock I reached for the cleat as I was leaning over most of my upper Bodyover the Gunnel just as I grabbed the Cleat the boat made contact with the dock causing me to loose my balance ,as I fell forward the boat bounced off the dock and switched direction away from the dock. Here's where it gets Good! As my hand had the cleat my feet where all that were in the boat I found myself Planking! Needless to say I couldn't pull the boat back with my feet ,I found myself in slow motion slowly watching the Planking distance growing larger so at the last minute I pulled my feet off the boat and Splash! I'm in the Drink! Pulling my shoulder muscles and rotator cuffs to the extremes , loosing use of my right arm. So I'm grabbing my phone out of my pocket throwing it into the boat , then my blue jeans got soaked falling down , ( quit laughing) and wet jeans are heavy and with a hurt arm I couldn't getem back up , boats getting away , so at this point I grab the boat walkit to the ramp holding my pants with one hand the boat with the other , mushing in the Mud and muck 6"" deep under my feet finally getting to the ramp.Heck of an Experience to say the least. Now I know how Bill Dance Feels on a Bad Day! But JW being the Trooper he is he helped me load up pick up all my tackle and get me headed Home , and Graciously never Laughing Outloud where I could Hear Him! Thanks JW this is Twice you've Rescued Me . I can't thank you enough!.( he probably won't want to Fish near me anymore!!??. So I've decided to contact the Owner at the Ponderosa and see if She'll allow me to Fabricate a set of steps to bolt to the dock to help lessen the distance between the Boat deck and the Dock with Handrails for Some off us Older Folks who need a Hand up with a little more Stability. So with the rise and fall of the Lake getting in and out of the Boat will be "Hopefully Safer"tight Lines. I Hope y'all got
a Good Laugh !