At work this morning I was keeping track of the temperature. When it appeared obvious that the high would be 40 degrees, I took the afternoon off to go paddling. After gathering my gear, I headed down to the causeway. The dock on the causeway boat ramp has been removed and chunks of ice litter the ramp and the riprap adjacent. I headed upstream using a "new to me" paddle I recently won on eBay. It is a Flyer #3 wing paddle. Essentially, a wing paddle is another paddle type mostly used for sprinting or endurance racing. More information can be found at http://www.fastkayak.com/wing.html
I paddled a bit upstream, taking pictures along the way. After, maybe half an hour, I turned about and headed back downstream. I tried to wait for a large chunk of ice to hit a pier on the railroad bridge, but I grew impatient and continued on. I am not sure about the wing paddle yet. The website is correct in that it can add to instability, but I could feel potential when paddling correctly with it. More paddling/testing is needed :)
And on to the pictures...
I was using the "Next Blog" button and wound up going through a bunch of blogs about people who live on boats, which you do not but your blog was mixed in the bunch... (Unless of course, you somehow manage to live on a kayak.) Looking at blogs is a lazy way of being a voyeur. One gets to see so many different life styles and points of view. I was positive that you and I had almost nothing in common. I've never built a bridge. I've never been in a kayak. I've never been to The Dakota's. But then, I looked at your profile and right there, in your favorite music, you and I share something after all! I love "Great Big Sea." Then it occurred to me, I love rivers and streams. I've white water rafted and done lots of fishing on giant rivers right on down to picturesque, little streams, high in the mountains. And so I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed catching just a small glimpse of who you are. Thank you. (and I thought it was cold here today at 50º:)
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