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Seeing the Sights on a Shoestring-boating

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Boating-whether you rent or own-is a great way to get the kids to a lake or river. Growing up, my father bought a canoe. It was an investment that paid returns for many years. I have owned a number of kayaks, and spend many tranquil hours on the water. But there is one very important detail that cannot be omitted!
Water safety is vitally important! Every time I go out on the water, I wear a life jacket. Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to change that. I was down at the water with the kayak ready, paddle in hand. Then I realized that my life jacket was in the back of my car. For a split second, I thought; "I don't really need it. I am a good swimmer." Then I remembered all of the people that I had made the promise "I'll always wear my life jacket". I promised Herm and Yvonne-the friends that let me keep my kayak at their home. I promised my husband who encourages me to go for my kayak rides. Most importantly, I promised myself that I would be safe on the water.
Yesterday's ride made me appreciate that promise. Once I reached the far side of Loon Lake, I hear thunder. I realized that I had a long ride back to dock my boat, and the current was against me. As I paddled like a crazy woman, I thought about lightning hitting the water. If I was stunned and fell out of the kayak, I would not be able to swim. I thought about the woman who had drowned while kayaking in another part of New Hampshire last week.
By the time I reached shore, I realized that the thunder may have been just a plane. Still, I do not regret taking the time to keep my promise. Safety on the water is very important!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COREY195 7/2/2013 11:05PM

    I liked your comments. my dad had a boat when I was 10 thru 14. I loved it. emoticon

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68ANNE 7/2/2013 9:25PM

    You are such a smart cookie

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FLAMENM 7/2/2013 9:10PM

    Safety is a choice we make everyday.
Great choice!!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/2/2013 12:02PM

    Good for you! I'm glad you took time to keep your promise - for all of us!

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LINDAKAY228 7/2/2013 11:37AM

    So glad that you put your safety first. I have always wanted to learn to kayak but no place much around here to do it. But it's still on my bucket list.
Continue to stay safe!

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WILSONWR 7/2/2013 9:45AM

    I love kayaking, but I also always take my life vest. Too many things could go wrong!

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/2/2013 9:40AM

    Better safe than sorry is a phraseI always keep in mind...

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NUTRON3 7/2/2013 8:49AM

    good for you

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2013 8:45AM

    Glad you are safe! HUGS and appreciate your sharing the story so we're ALL safe!

HUGS and smiles, my dear.

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MICKEYH 7/2/2013 8:16AM

    So true. Glad you were safe.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 7/2/2013 7:57AM

  Glad to hear that you were safe, I always wear my jacket when on the water!!

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MSLZZY 7/2/2013 7:50AM

    As always, safety first! I wouldn't want to miss a single blog if you fell out of the boat! HUGS!

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EDLEAR 7/2/2013 7:12AM

    So true

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SANDRALEET 7/2/2013 7:06AM

    Safety in all things you do

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GRAMMYEAC 7/2/2013 6:23AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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