Monday, January 18, 2010

A New TV Show?
 
In the USA there is what appears to be a successful TV show called Desperate Housewives. I've never watched it, but I hear it is a successful program. Well, I propose that we here in Milwaukee produce our own program: Desperate Paddlers.
 
It's not that it gets so cold here (we can dress for that) but that the shore freezes over with ice shelves that prevent us from launching safely. After a while, the days on shore pile up and we become...well, desperate to get out onto the water. So, yesterday morning Sherri and Bob patrolled our usual launch area in a futile search for open water. Finding none, we decided to drive north and have a look at  Bradford beach before resigning our selves to meeting at a local coffee shop.

 There, Sherri and Rick probed the ice shelf and were rewarded with a small area that allowed us to slide into a few feet of cold water.

As is our practice, we helped one another over the treacherous and slippery ice until all 6 kayaks and their desperate-to-paddle occupants were afloat.

We pushed off into the thankfully calm waters with only the pleasant sound of ice crunching under our hulls to keep us company.

What started out looking like a no-go day was to turn out to be one of the finest winter paddles we ever had.


More tomorrow.

Paddle safe...
DS

8 comments:

avital said...

I am breathless!!!!
You must be brave just fore thinking of going uot for coffee...

Silbs said...

Avital. I have visited Israel where young people walk around with rifles. We are not at all as brave as you all are.

Tony said...

Where there's a will, there's a way!

Tony :-)

Silbs said...

Yes, Tony...and the way we do things we need to be sure we have a will :)

avital said...

Well, your braveness is good enough for me! said the mother of three sons.

steve said...

you guys make kayaking look so exciting.what happens if you capsize or fal through the ice

Captn O Dark 30 and Super Boo said...

ah you crazy kids in your paddling machines... great pics capturing the moment!!

Silbs said...

Just capsizing is no problem (although we haven't). We have on a warm base layer with fleece over that and a dry suit over that. I wear thick neoprene mittens and double layer head coverings.

Our fear would be to be trapped under the ice. We don't paddle onto it, and we keep fairly good group integrity so help is near by.