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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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KALEWINE 4/19/2013 3:35PM

    Sounds fun!

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PLANTAGO 4/16/2013 3:45PM

    Cool! I can't wait for the start of paddling season!!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/15/2013 7:06PM

    Sounds so very fun! Great pics. Lovely

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KARIDIAN1 4/15/2013 6:17PM

    We still have slushy ice on most of the lakes here. Too cold this weekend to go out to shoot too. Rained most of Sunday. Just a blah weekend.

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SWEETNEEY 4/15/2013 6:41AM

    emoticon That looks awesome.

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/15/2013 3:55AM


Great pictures! Next time turn around so we can see your face. I bet you were excited and it is something I would love to do too. I don't like boats much but the kayak seems more like a tube might feel ( of course with more speed and better control ) I am not afraid of the water so it might be fun when I get a lot smaller. Sounds like you had a great day. Thanks for the photos,


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PMRUNNER 4/15/2013 3:49AM

    Thanks for sharing! Loved the pictures and the blog!

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INCREDIBLYME 4/15/2013 3:41AM


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MESEATURTLE 4/15/2013 12:26AM

    Lovely pics!!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/14/2013 11:58PM


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MCFITZ2 4/14/2013 10:26PM

    What a wonderful day. I went to the community park at the south of our lake and enjoyed seeing the migrating water birds and the huge number of birders. I think this was the bird count day.

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TABBYJO88 4/14/2013 10:02PM

    That is awesome. And it sounds like you had lots of fun. I am glad that you and your brother can enjoy activities like this together.

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CHRIS3874 4/14/2013 9:43PM

    Nice photos I used to go canoeing on the river with my Dad years ago. It was an enjoyable way to get exercise.

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/14/2013 9:36PM

    That sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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PHEBESS 4/14/2013 9:28PM

    Wonderful day!

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KALISWALKER 4/14/2013 9:11PM

    I enjoyed your (bro's) pictures. Great to see you out on the water again.

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ARW715 4/14/2013 9:09PM

    Yay! You got to go. Looks like an amazing day.

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BRAVELUTE 4/14/2013 9:07PM

    So AWESOME! So jealous. I'd send you a picture of me right now, but I'd blend in with your green background! emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 4/14/2013 9:06PM

    love kayaking myself too only done it once but I'm hooked in the summer I will def do it again granted I can get a babysitter.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/14/2013 9:04PM

    I'm sure you are feeling pretty good tonight with the first paddle of the season under your belt! WTG.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/14/2013 8:58PM

    Awesome! I have decided that your first paddle of the season HAS to be one of the signs of spring! How wonderful.

Looking forward to hearing all about your epic walk tomorrow.

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