Thursday, April 22, 2010

When It Gets Boring
  Lately, I have taken several short, solo paddles going over and over the same small area I have paddled for years. Some of these outings were for test purposes such as testing leaks or to see how different paddles felt. Lately, it has become unsatisfying. Thinking on it, I have reached some conclusions about my personal feelings around the sport.

  First, I generally like paddling with someone. I enjoy the company, the conversation and the added safety of having another competent person nearby. It is also a chance to have someone observe and comment on my technique.

I like paddling with a lot of people for all of the above reasons and more.
In a group I get to talk with different folks, paddle at varying paces and exchange ideas around boats and the like. I like group paddles the most when there is a destination, rather than the too often out and back routine. If I do have to paddle alone, I like conditions that make it interesting and a bit challenging or...
...I want something interesting to look at as the miles go by.
It looks as if, in addition to kayaking, I will be teaching and lecturing again this summer. That means making the available weekends special. Hopefully, I will find the energy (and perhaps the people) to drive to some of the fine places up north that make a day on the water more rewarding. It is there, as well, that I find camping places and the total out door's experience.

Paddle safe...
DS

5 comments:

suzette said...

:) sharing is always the best way...

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

have to agree that sometimes the same old spot gets a bit much. Like our paddles in St. Philips, conception Bay. Your pictures however definitely do not. I guess what we think routine in our own life, can be new and inviting in others, especially since the perspective is probably fresh or otherwise not normally experienced in a visual context (or written for that matter).

Great Shots.

paddlingOTAKU said...

I paddle alone frequently. And Frequently in the same areas. There are times I enjoy it more than paddling with people. I enjoy the time in my own head, which is something I thing our culture has gotten very bad at - with cell phones and blackberrys and such - so I enjoy that time. And while I may work on my stroke, or techniques, or rolls, sometimes the most enjoyable is just the rhythm of the stroke. It's my meditation.

thanks for your post.

PO

DaveO said...

Sounds like we need a Milwaukee/Twin Cities cultural exchange. Or an Apostles rendezvous. I have a plan.....

Silbs said...

Thanks all. I, too, often sit with my back to the shore and feel the lake breathe.

Stan, I always appreciate your comments on pictures...and seeing yours.

DaveO...let's hear the plan.