If you wonder why I sometimes have strange Smiles, like homemade chili using fresh from the garden ingredients, well, it’s because so often I smile about the same few things, over and over :) This is one of those weeks that could almost be copied and pasted from a few weeks back….
I drove down to Cape Cod late Saturday evening. I walked down to the closer of the two landings on Sunday morning. It is rare for it to be so calm. Yep, time for a paddle!
This was perhaps my longest paddle yet. There was almost nobody out. I saw a lot of wildlife, including osprey, which is odd, I have never seen any in October. I saw quite a few Great Blue Herons, though no other herons or egrets. A seal came up close to check me out. A lot of large fish jumped out of the water, attracting a lot of birds. Since the water was so calm, it was crystal clear, so in the shallows I could watch crabs and shellfish moving around. There were jelleyfish. The cormorants were splashing around.
I was going against the current on the way back (it’s tidal) but was still able to make good time. At the route 6 bridges I raced a motor boat to make it through the choke point far enough ahead that I didn’t make the people in the boat angry. I shouldn’t have worried – I stayed pretty far ahead for over a mile until we reached the open area without a speed limit (most of it is posted as no wake, 6 mph). They opened up and passed me and the boat I had caught up to just before the no speed restriction zone (that boat also re-passed me and zipped off). Funny thing is that these were the only two boats I saw the entire time I was out.
(For reference – I am talking the Bass River, starting at Rt 28, going up to Follin’s Pond and then exploring all of the nooks and crannies – I made it to North Dennis Rd., but didn’t feel like portaging across the road to the Mill Pond on the other side.)
Overall it was a great paddle. There was a very slight breeze on the way back, but no real wind. The current was strong on the way back, but doable. The water was smooth and in places clear. There was a lot of wildlife and few people. Perfect.
My Smile for the week was the longest kayak paddle of the year.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)