Hello. In some ways this week’s smile will sound very typical, almost too normal – I went kayaking. Twice. I think a couple of things that make this smile a little less than typical is that it is mid-November and these were very long paddles.
When I had the place on Swan Pond, I used to paddle all year, as long as I didn’t have to break too much ice to hit open water…. Now, not so much. I have to wheel the kayak about a quarter of a mile (a little under a half kilometer) down a winding, narrow road to reach the landing. Getting into and out of the water is much more difficult, particularly at high tide. And then the Bass River is often pretty choppy where I put the kayak in the water.
But the water was pretty calm and it wasn’t too cold out, so on Thursday and then again on Saturday I did cart the kayak down the road and figured out how to get it in the water without me getting wet. (That was harder on Saturday because it was high tide…).
I had a lovely, long paddle on both days. Saturday was one of my longest of the year. It was very pretty both days. The water was calm, though the wind started to pick up at the end of both. The water was also remarkably clear. I saw one other kayak on each of the days, but they were at a distance and never got close. I did not see a single power boat. There was a lot of wildlife, including seeing seals on both paddles, though from a distance.
Both paddles were perfect – very relaxing while also being invigorating.
It is possible I will get the kayak in the water again before year’s end, but most likely these were the last paddles until the end of March, so perhaps four months or more.
That is my smile for the week, two perfect late season paddles on the kayak.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
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.
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). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.