Friday, May 25, 2012

Paddling Across the Water and Enjoying it from the Shore

    A couple of weekends ago I went kayaking for the first time since I was in high school. My first kayaking experience was with a one day class that was offered as extended education through the local college. At one point, I got my kayak stuck in mud and tangled weeds. Almost nobody noticed, including the teacher. Everyone went paddling off except for one old woman. She stopped her own paddling and waited patiently while I tried to free myself. Sometimes she would offer me gentle encouragement. Eventually I freed myself from the weeds and we went paddling after everyone else. It was very sweet of the old woman. I wonder what she is up to now. Probably by now she is a kayaking expert herself and spends her time exploring the water and maybe sometimes stopping her paddling to save stranded sea animals. 
   My most current kayaking adventure was my second time kayaking.  This kayaking trip was far more successful, as I did not get stuck. I saw baby ducklings and turtles enjoying the sun while resting on a log. It was a lot of fun and I definitely want to go again. I like water adventures. Kayaking also offers a whole new dimension to the city I live in because there is so much water in Seattle. I didn't bring my camera because knowing my clumsy ways I thought there was a real chance that I might topple into the water. But I maintained the grace needed to not fall in! Next time I kayak I might brave bringing my camera.  Here are some non-related water pictures of the beach in Edmonds.

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