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I call this “cross training” and just plain fun

Friday, June 28, 2013

This is one of the benefits of living on a lake.


That’s me and our granddaughter. She’s 11, the youngest of 6, and the only girl. We’re off to explore way back into our cove. The lake is the highest I’ve ever seen it in June so we thought that this was a good time to explore the creeks that feed the lake.

The lake was created in the 60s when a power dam was built on the Roanoke River. It’s 40 miles long with 500 miles of shoreline, way too much to explore by muscle power, but individual coves are deep and full of wildlife.

We saw blue heron fishing along with assorted other birds who yelled at us for disturbing their domain even if we were in “quiet” boats. The beaver dam had been washed out by a recent storm, but they’ll rebuild. They always do. We could see one swimming just below the surface of the water. Some deer were on the shore getting a drink.

I wish I brought my camera along on our trek since recent storms made our little creek look like we were heading into a jungle. Eventually we were turned back by a fallen tree.

We have power watercraft too, but I prefer this method of transportation. Kayaks can go where the others can’t and burn calories (not gasoline) along the way.
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RUNNINGAL425 6/30/2013 8:52AM

    What a great way to exercise and have fun!
I took my kids canoeing Memorial Day and it was a blast even though my arms were a little sore the next day.

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WILSONWR 6/28/2013 11:25PM

    Looks like a lot of fun! I love kayaking myself!

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MERRYMARY42 6/28/2013 10:15PM

    sound like a perfect day, very envious of your lake and your grand daughter, we have 2 grandsons 1 great grandson and one son, so actually I would not know how to act around a little girl.
But like my Mother used to say " There is nothing like a boy"

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KELLIEBEAN 6/28/2013 9:03PM

    I would love to be able to do that. That has to be a nice upper body workout and bonding time as well. WIN WIN!

Great picture!

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BELLACUDDLES 6/28/2013 6:18PM

    How fun for both of you!!

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COLOR-BLUE 6/28/2013 2:21PM

    You look like you're having a blast!!! Good for the both of you, getting out in nature, and getting fit, besides!!!

Seeing the kayaks, brought to my mind the kayak races, when I was in Central America. I watched them as they were going through the locks in Panama. That's where I was stationed. The reason for the locks, is the Atlantic Ocean is higher than the Pacific Ocean, and the kayaks would go into a lock, the doors would shut, and then they would adjust the water level, to get into the next lock. I'm sure if I'm remembering correctly or not, but I think there were 6 locks. By the time you hit the other ocean, depending which direction you were coming from, you were at that ocean's water level. It was really fascinating!!!

Thank you so much, for sharing your adventure on the "high seas" with all the birds, beavers, fish, and the scenery. Thanks for the kaleidoscope you painted for me, of a little corner of God's creation!!!

God bless you and your family,

- Nancy Jean -

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KRISZTA11 6/28/2013 2:13PM

    Sounds wonderful.
I would enjoy living on a lake with so much beauty and wildlife...
Thanks for sharing!


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CELIAMINER 6/28/2013 1:43PM

    Good for you! I still haven't gotten off my duff and signed up for an intro to kayaking course. The season will be gone before I know it!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 6/28/2013 11:32AM

    Oh, I MISS doing that! Haven't since I moved. The creeks and rivers here dry up in the summer so I'd have to travel a couple hours or go out in the rain. Bummer.

But you can call that your upper body and shoulder workout to balance out the characteristic runner's slump! And meditation during the quiet moments!

Enjoy!

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DR1939 6/28/2013 9:43AM

    I have never been a water sports person. I burned so badly that I couldn't spend any time on the water. Kayaking and canoeing has always looked like fun.

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OBIESMOM2 6/28/2013 9:13AM

    emoticon nice!

I love the quiet on a lake, when you can hear all the sounds of nature around you

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NINJALINDA 6/28/2013 9:05AM

    Kayaking is fun, Fun, FUN! I wish I had one myself...I have to rely on the generosity of a friend who has two, and adapt to whatever her schedule allows.

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FITFOODIE806 6/28/2013 8:53AM

    Beautiful! Such a great thing to do together. While there may not have been as many activities available to girl's when you were young; look at what you're providing for your own family. Very cool.

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/28/2013 8:05AM

    I love kayaking too! I have to drive 10 min to the water though. It was much easier/nicer when I lived on a lake.
Your grand-daughter is one lucky girl!

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KANOE10 6/28/2013 8:02AM

    What a fun exercise and so nice to share with your granddaughter. We have blue herons here and they are beautiful birds.

Great job of exercising and staying healthy.

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BOILHAM 6/28/2013 7:59AM

    Burning calories, time with grandaughter, enjoying nature. A triple-play.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/28/2013 7:48AM

    Makes me smile seeing this pic. What fun!

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JODROX 6/28/2013 7:45AM

    Fun times!!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/28/2013 7:28AM

    Wonderful!

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NANNABLACK 6/28/2013 7:26AM

    emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 6/28/2013 7:13AM

  You rock as a grandma! Your granddaughter will remember those times for the rest of her life! Send more pics of the herons and beaver dam when they rebuild.

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PHEBESS 6/28/2013 7:11AM

    Fun and fitness - the best way to travel!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/28/2013 7:02AM

    Love it! emoticon

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HAYBURNER1969 6/28/2013 7:01AM

    Looks like you and Carrie are having a wonderful time! Give her a kiss from me & Eddie!! emoticon

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