“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

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Paddle

I took a couple of hours of annual leave to go paddling with John Adler today. The high today was 40 degrees; the wind was calm. It had been two months since either of us had paddled thanks to a bitter December. John's every month streak ended at 3o months and I missed the second straight December. I managed to leave my gps in my pickup but John had his and said we covered about 2.5 miles. I also came to the conclusion that neoprene is great... I stayed plenty warm on the water.


  1. Great to see you back out on the water, Pat. The snow covered landscape offers a beautiful contrast to the kayak slipping smoothly through the cold waters of the Missouri River. I would love to be paddling along with you and John in January. Maybe we will hear more about it during your presentation at the SDCA conference on Saturday, January 30.



  2. Its so sad to see folks paddling in the snow and ice, come see us sometime, even though we have had a frost for the last 7 days there hasn't been any of that white stuff.
    one good hit deserves another hope you enjoy.

  3. I think paddling in snow and ice is exciting!! Don't get much of that here in Sydney... ;)