Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ah Yes, I Remember
This pic was taken almost 5 years ago and reminds me of what is coming up for us paddlers on Lake Michigan. We never had a real summer this year. On the other hand, it has been fairly mild this fall with rare temperatures down to freezing at night.

But as I sit here with my many layers and wait for the house to warm up a bit, I am reminded of the frayed gasket on the right sleeve of my dry suit that needs attention (duck tape has worked up until now, but the water will be getting seriously cold soon enough). I'm also taking stock of my layers and supply of fleece clothes.

Looking at my calendar, I was surprised to see that pool sessions start in a few weeks. I am looking forward to the warm water in which to get a good feel for the Cetus' secondary stability point and do some rolling. I also want to see if, with the wider back deck, I will have more success using a cowboy or rodeo re entry.

Just a matter of time and the snow will fall. Then ice will begin lining the shore making launching and recovery a whole sport unto itself. Oh well, Lady Linda and I got a bargain price on a cruise in January.

Paddle safe...


DaveO said...

If you haven't done so already, lay out the big bucks for some merino wool. SmartWool, Icebreaker, Ibex-something, are all great products. And if disaster does strike, wool retains its insulating properties when wet.

john f - U.S.A. said...

cowboy manuevers will NOT be a problem. Try standing on the stern. So stable, you will be laughing out loud.