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Sunday, April 14, 2013

My brother called early this afternoon asking if I wanted to go for our first paddle of the season. Of course I said YES!! The air temp was a little chilly, but the water temp was downright frigid. It was borderline for safety since neither of us has a dry suit. I have a dry top (Which I wore, thank you very much 4A-Healthy-BMI!). I wore a light sweater under the dry top and was comfortable. In fact I worked up a bit of a sweat, so I probably could have worn a t shirt. Last year when I started kayaking there was something"off" with my paddle stroke that caused my left arm to get wet, but this year I am happy to report that the issue has gone away and I didn't even get my hands wet today. (Thank goodness, as the chill would have made them hurt and make gripping the paddle problematic.) I was checking out the clearance on the cockpit of my kayak with the splash deck on, as well as were my arms are on the paddle stroke, and I think Cooper will be able to actually sit in my lap while I paddle... once his life jacket comes in. We were out for almost 2 hours and covered over 5.5 miles. Not racing speed, but faster than my first paddle last Spring. We saw plenty of wildlife. There was the usual assortment of ducks and geese, plus swans. We also paddled alongside a baby beaver and a couple of muskrats. And of course the Great Blue Herons were out as well, fishing.

My brother took pictures, and I stole a few.

We paddled right up to the beaver dam. There have been significant additions to the lodge since last year. Busy beavers!

I seem to have three speeds when paddling... Fast, Stopped, and Trying to slow down. I love the feeling of making my muscles work. Using the rower seems to have helped maintain my paddling stamina.

We had sunshine for about 10 minutes, but it was generally a fairly overcast day. But it was great to get out and paddle finally!

Today was supposed to be a rest day. I guess it still was one for my legs. That is the important part that needed to rest today, so that I am ready for my epic walk tomorrow. I am going to try and remember my camera tomorrow. I remembered to get batteries for it, now I just have to put them in!
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