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Paddling in Arkansas

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some of the most critical boxes have been unpacked, I have a functional kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. My living room is my gym. I haven't really tackled the tv room or the office yet. And there are of course still boxes in all of those rooms (and the garage) that I haven't unpacked yet.

One of the challenges is that the rental house here is about 2/3 the size of my house in NY and even though I got rid of a lot before I came I'm still having trouble shoehorning my things into this place. I have a new "donate" pile and it is growing.

Another is that I work full time so I have to squeeze unpacking into my day in addition to working and exercising, mowing the lawn and shopping, etc. etc. Everything takes longer in a new town because it takes time to find out where things are, etc. Even if it's just navigating a new Walmart, LOL

I took a break from the unpacking to kayak yesterday.



Some mutual acquaintances of VALERIEMAHA suggested signing up for a guided kayak paddle at a local nature preserve because they were going. Here's the flyer about it:
www.agfc.com/calD
ocs/pcec_CooksLakeWaterTra
il140614.pdf


The paddle was only 1.5 miles but it was neat to see cypress trees up close, Prothonotary Warblers, a soft-shelled turtle swimming, and other things I haven't paddled near in NY.

Here's a map of our route:
www.mapmyfitness.
com/workout/607877987


Afterwards the facility manager for the Education Center showed me the tiny numbered rings she uses for banding hummingbirds.

They have a popular program that lets the public help and learn. Apparently June and July are already filled up. I'll call on Tuesday to find out if there's space in the August one.
www.thv11.com/sto
ry/news/local/2014/02/14/1
716842


Today after church I plan on meeting some cyclists in Little Rock to bike about 15-20 miles along the Rivertrail.

I had hoped to white water kayak at a playspot today, but it's 3 hours from here and I couldn't find anyone online who said they would be there. It wouldn't really be safe to paddle solo on an unfamiliar feature, and if I'm going to drive that far, I want to KNOW I'm kayaking. So that will have to wait for another weekend. :-(

Speaking of lawn mowing I brought my reel mower with me.

The yard with the rental house is small and it's very flat (everywhere is flat here in the Arkansas Delta), so it only takes me about 15 min to do the front and 15 the back. I get more exercise when mowing, it takes up less space, it's quiet, I don't have to buy gas, and it's fun. I've always enjoyed mowing with these. We had one when I was growing up. The trick is to get them sharpened and adjusted when necessary, and spraying with WD-40 after mowing to keep them from rusting.
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LORIVIOLA 8/27/2014 12:20PM

    you've got some interesting things lined up!
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DIAMOND102 6/17/2014 2:32AM

    emoticon You seem to have everything under control. It takes time to settle in to a new place. You are out and enjoying life, being mobile and this is great. Don't rush your self with unpacking, sometimes our moods will get us up and doing the job, stay active and you will get everything done. emoticon

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JSEATTLE 6/16/2014 6:30PM

  Neat to explore new territory! Good luck unpacking, each box a new adventure.

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MARYJEANSL 6/16/2014 5:48PM

  I always liked reel mowers, and I wish I could use one now, but my yard is huge, and it isn't practical. It's nice to know that there are still a few out there, though. I haven't seen anyone using one in years.

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NONNAOF2 6/16/2014 5:04PM

  Getting settled is so much work! Finding new adventures can be so much fun! Enjoy your new place!! :-)

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CHARTHESTAR 6/16/2014 5:02PM

    Plus... the mower is better for the environment.
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Kayak.
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COOLRAIN 6/16/2014 3:42PM

    Sounds like you're settling in to your new home wonderfully well. I envy your kayak paddle. I would also love a lawnmower like yours instead of the gas one we have. How neat.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/16/2014 3:17PM

    Good luck at your new home.
Like others have said, boxes can wait.
Getting acquainted and familiar with your new surroundings and finding new like-minded people is a great way to make the new place feel more like home.
Wishing you well.

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SUSIEMT 6/16/2014 2:53PM

    Woo Hoo you! Keep up the good work and thank you for those maintenance challenges. They keep me going.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/16/2014 2:39PM

  It sounds like you are so settled after such a short time. Good for You. The activities in the area seem to suit you fine.


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LIVELYGIRL2 6/16/2014 1:30PM

  wow, you've done all that? I hope you love your new area emoticon

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JERICHO1991 6/16/2014 11:34AM

    Good progress getting moved in, and lots of healthy activity!

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DJSHIP46 6/16/2014 11:31AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!!!

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SHERYLP461 6/16/2014 9:56AM

    As much as I hate to move I think you have found yourself in a wonderful spot! I hope you continue to enjoy your new home.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/16/2014 8:25AM

    moving and packing..yuck, yuck, emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/16/2014 7:52AM

    Fabulous!! We had a push mower at our last house but left it for the neighbor who loved to use it. You may not be unpacked but it sounds as though you have partially settled. That's more than half the battle!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/16/2014 7:43AM

    You've got the most important thing at least begun--finding like-minded outdoor activities and folks with whom to share them.

Congrats, and best of luck with the rest of the unpacking.

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IDICEM 6/16/2014 6:51AM

  Glad you're settling in so well! Enjoy your new home. P.S. Love the reel mower.

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SHARON7464 6/16/2014 6:41AM

    You sound like adventure woman...I'm impressed about how you've already found a cycling group, have gone kayaking,...the boxes ac wait, life doesn't! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/16/2014 3:57AM

    sounds like a challenge to fit everything in, but it looks like you have your priorities straight! i love the way you are meeting new people in the community through the activities you enjoy.

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TINAJANE76 6/16/2014 2:34AM

    Great to see you getting settled in and hitting the water, Anja! All those boxes will get unpacked eventually, so it's great that you've been able to work in some time for the things you really love. Hopefully I'll be writing a similar blog in a few months, lol!
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MNABOY 6/16/2014 12:33AM

    The Delta also has Crowley's Ridge which can give an invigorating hike up and down the hog's backs, the views are well worth any effort. There should be a lot of water with the rains we've had but it will run off quickly. I, too, enjoy the cypress trees and fishing the stumps is productive too.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/15/2014 3:42PM

    Sounds like things are coming together great!

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2014 1:26PM

    New job, new church, new house, new venues for kayaking and new experiences in nature . . . and all way more important than mere unpacking of the boxes. Glad you've got your priorities unpacked and sorted out!!

Reel mowers also smell so much better and sound so much better!! (Our yard's too big, but I fondly remember the reel mower of my childhood).

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MAW_OH 6/15/2014 11:03AM

    Glad your doing well in your new home! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2014 10:44AM

    emoticon enjoy!

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CARRIE1948 6/15/2014 9:57AM

    It's important to take time for the things you enjoy. Trust me, the boxes can wait.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/15/2014 9:27AM

    Great job getting acclimated to Arkansas! The summer can be challenging, but I hope you will like it here.

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