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!