I got back in my whitewater boat on July 4 and spent the last three weekends in it, and some weekdays.
July 4 weekend I went camping with a colleague at a local lake and visited a local whitewater play spot on the way..
I’m the little red dot in this photo.
We paddled on the lake on Saturday
and ran the river down to the playspot on Sunday
The next day I went back there and played again, although no one else was there paddling so I was pretty conservative and worked on back ferries and other skills.
The weekend of July 12 I carpooled with another local boater to a bigger playspot an hour farther away.
Here are some more photos from that spot:
The following Tuesday I was commuting by bike to work and was passed awfully close by a big cement truck. I have a GoPro video camera strapped to the back of my rack, and after reviewing the footage decided to get a mountain bike so I can ride on the grass and gravel instead. That way those jerks will have to actually come off the pavement to run me over.
(Arkansas law says there must be 3 feet when passing someone, including bikes. You can see my reflection in the chrome bumper. That was no 3 feet.)
Last weekend was the best of all - a dad and his twin sons and another crew of three led me down the Cossatot river.
I don’t have any photos of that trip, but it was a lot of fun and I was relieved to see that I haven’t gotten as rusty as I thought I had. There were some fairly technical class IV drops in that one, given the configuration of the river and the low water levels. Here are some other photos to give you an idea www.americanwhitewater.o
The scenery was really beautiful on that one. I’d go back in a heartbeat!
Today I’m having to pass up a whitewater session at the smaller playspot near Little Rock in order to go try out a folding sea kayak in Memphis.
The guy who made the 3-piece Greenland paddle that I took to Antarctica will be picking up some boats from his sister’s house there, and the nearest dealers for those boats are in Wisconsin and southern Florida so this is a good chance for me to see what they are like. It will be fun to meet him finally and also see if these sea kayaks are really as good as they sound from the reviews. They fold into a pack the size of a suitcase. It would be really cool to be able to take a kayak anywhere.
...I've also been contra dancing on Fridays here.
The National Square Dancing Convention was held in Little Rock the weekend of June 27-28-29 so I spent a lot of time there. July 11 I carpooled with some dancing buddies to Memphis. July 18 I danced in Little Rock and then crashed with the family I kayaked with the next day. Last night we had English Country Dancing in Little Rock.
The bike shop is right across the street from the church where we dance so yesterday I dropped in to check on the progress with my new mountain bike. I also get my hair cut next to the dancing church It's a convenient neighborhood.