up the boat and off we went to look for
Native American art in the caves, one
of the kids’ favorite games. When we
returned an hour later, I was blown away.
My husband and his friends had taken
the furniture from the boat and set up
the most romantic waterside dining spot
we’d ever seen, even including torches
That evening, surrounded by some of
the most beautiful sights in the world,
we enjoyed a fantastic meal prepared
by my husband, who’s a chef, and chatted about the great memories we knew
we were creating together. Cullen is a
man of few words. So when he got up
in front of our friends and expressed his
love for me and our family and our life
together – 25 years after he and I met
here as children – it meant everything
Heather Sheward has worked in the
marine industry since college, when she
got a job at her dad’s fuel dock in Newport
Harbor, California. She manages the
TowBoatU.S. California Service Center
and just celebrated her 20th anniversary
with BoatU.S. She and her husband,
Cullen, own a Hallett ski boat.
Above: Heather’s husband and his friends surprise her
with a romantic waterside dinner to celebrate their anniversary.
Top: Cullen and the boys collect walking sticks and hike.
Right: Cullen enjoys waterskiing on the lake.
ter and giggles, I
turned around and
saw the look of
pure joy on their
faces. As a parent,
you can’t ask for
more. They each
roasted marshmallows over the fire
pit. Collected walking sticks and went
hiking. Looked for
bugs with their
Took endless trips
down the water-slide. Sat on the
top deck and took
in amazing views
of our solar system
for shooting stars.
for our children just like the ones my
husband and I grew up cherishing.
One afternoon, Cullen asked me to
take the moms and kids on a boat
adventure for an hour. I happily loaded
their first fish here. Both boys rode on an
inner tube behind the boat with their dad.
I, of course, was terrified, worried they
were too young. But once I put the boat
in gear and immediately heard laugh-
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