Smith Mountain Lake aka Water Sport Paradise

I’m pretty sure Matt and I have found paradise, and it’s our friend Tim and Lindsey’s boat house. They don’t know it yet, but we’re never leaving.


Actually, it’s Tim’s parents’ boat house, but either way, it’s absolutely amazing. Right on the lake with a beautiful patio overlooking the water. Heaven.


We’re in Huddleston, VA at Smith Mountain Lake. What a gorgeous place! I love the mountain and lake combination.


Panoramic shot from Matt’s phone:


When Matt and I arrived yesterday afternoon, we got straight down to business. This is seriously like water sport adventure camp. I love it :)


First up — a boat ride and water skiing!


Their dog Babe was ready to rock :)


First up on the water skiing circuit was Tim. He’s pretty much insanely good — and this was on one ski, too!

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Looks easy, right? It isn’t ;)

Next up was Matt!


He’s only been water skiing once before, so I was really impressed when he came right up and totally rocked it! Love his face in this photo, hahah:


He stayed up for a long time and even kept it together when we had to turn the boat!


Nice job, Matt :)

And then… it was my turn. Gah!


This was my very first time trying water skiing! I was a bit scurred, but I figured… how hard can it be?

Um, yeah.



And another fail.

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Aaaaaand another fail.


Lol! At least I was laughing the whole time :) Every attempt pretty much ended up with me doing an awkward split and flying forward onto my face, haha.

Lindsey (who is pregnant!! So exciting — but no water skiing for her, sadly) took pity and came out to help me, hehe.


It actually really helped and I was able to get up and stand once!!! Thanks, Lindsey :)


But… unfortunately Matt (my photographer) had given up on me at this point and was too busy taking pictures of the dog and missed getting a photo of me actually standing, lol.


Oh, well :) Today’s mission: stand up for more than 3.5 seconds on the water skis. I can do it!!!

When we returned to the dock, the water sports continued. :)


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Check out this stellar form!


The dogs were the welcoming back party :)


Have you guys even seen the website Leisure Dive? Blog reader Jordan posted a link to it in the comments of my diving board flip video post and I was totally obsessed with it! If you haven’t seen it, you must. The photos are so hilarious.

Matt and I decided we had to take a photo to submit to it, heh. Check this out:


Just chillin out, drinking a beer, no big deal

Isn’t that amazing? We were all dying over it. Here’s the runner up:


Lol. I might try to do one today, too, hehe.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with various boats! Lindsey and I took the kayaks out for a spin while the boys went out on the jet skis:

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And when they got back, Matt and I went out on a jet ski together! I freaking LOVE these things. 




What an amazing and fun day. This post is becoming a beast so I’ll save a recap of our dinner (we went to a restaurant via boat!) for a bit later! As for now — the lake and this hammock await :)


Have a wonderful day, friends!


  1. 1

    Your day looks so fabulous Anne! Those photos of Matt are freaking fantastic. Did you have to take like 75 to get two good ones?! I would! Hehe.

  2. 3

    AH im sitting here at my desk in D.C.. very far from any type of water sports and I am completely jealous!

  3. 4

    Ha I have so many things to say. First of all, how sore are your shoulders today? Jetskiing, water skiing, and kayaking? All of those kill my shoulders! It’s really hard to get up the first couple of times when you are water skiing, but you’ll get the hang of it! Just make sure to keep your knees bent and DON’T try to pull yourself up with your arms. Let the boat do the work! Annnd lastly my favorite part of the leisure dive is Matt’s pointed toes! You can tell he used to be a gymnast hahaha.

    • 5

      Omg, SO sore! Haha. My hips are sore, too, since I did like 18 splits, lol. I loved the pointed toes in the photo, too! We titled it “Ballet meets boozing”, hahah.

  4. 6

    Looks like a blast, hope you’re having another great day!

  5. 7

    Looks fun! I live in Greenville, SC and I LOVE to go to the lake!!

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    Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl says:


    Great photos, looks like a perfect day with friends! Love the beer shots! Hilarious!!

    Have a wonderful day!

  7. 9

    I would agree that does look like paradise! Enjoy :)

  8. 10

    What a beautiful spot! I love the photos of Matt with the beer! So funny! :) Hope you rock out the skiing today!

  9. 11

    If it’s possible to have too much fun – you & & Matt succeeded. What a great view and all the different water activities. Wish I was there.

  10. 12

    yay, you got to jet-ski! Hope you have more success with the water skiing today. Just remember to LEAN BACK!

  11. 13

    That looks like so much fun Anne and Matt. I am very envious of those who can swim because I can’t. I’m not afraid of the water, but I am afraid I will sink and we have a pool. Continue having fun and drink one for me.

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    I LOVE Smith Mountain Lake! I grew up in Southwest Virginia so SML was a staple for camping, day trips, etc! I have tried numerous times to ski and wake board and NEVER can make it up! I hope you can make it up today!

  13. 16

    that place seriously sounds like a dream world! You were so busy! I bet you slept good that night, lol!

  14. 17

    Great pics and place! looks like a blast :)

  15. 18

    I’m totally jealous :-)
    Great photos, and fun times!

    Glad you had a blast this vacation..
    Keep enjoying life!

  16. 19

    holy moly – what a wonderful day indeed!

  17. 20

    I am laughing out loud at Matt ‘leisure diving’! Please look at his perfectly pointed toes! Y’all just made my night :)

  18. 21

    Cute trip. Are you guys engaged or married?

  19. 23

    bahhhhh I love these! I am so jealous. I want to go to water sports camp!

  20. 24

    Wow, looks like an awesome time! Great pics! Ha, water skiing is SO hard! I’ve only done it once and I never stood up- after many tries!
    Love the leisure dive photo!


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