“Spend as much time as possible on mountains, in small boats, or otherwise out in the weather; if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared, you won’t properly appreciate being dry, warm, rested and safe.” ~ Peter Jay

"I’m an adventuring river rat at heart. Put me on a floating piece of driftwood and I’m happy." ~ Christina Glauner

"There’s folly and foolhardiness on one side and daring and calculation on the other." ~ C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels

Saturday, March 21, 2009

First Solo Cruise Of The Year

As the temperatures rise, I have been getting braver and braver about when I am willing to go out paddling. Today, the temp. hit just above 70, but the wind was blowing around 15-16 mph with gusts over 20 mph. Chuck bowed out, citing the wind and John had spring cleaning on his RV. I really wanted to go out though so I started scouting the open water/white cap situation. When I went out to Farm Island to check the the polo fields boat ramp, I stopped at John's campsite and chatted with him and Cathy for a bit... tried unsuccessfully to talk him into going out too. I ended up putting in by the polo fields, where the ramp is protected from the wind by a small island. I intially just paddled around the protected area, but I did end up going out and playing in the rougher water too. I only spent half an hour on the water. The water actually didn't feel all that cold and the wind was warm (SE). Some pictures from the afternoon... note the captions.

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