Definition for Kayak :-)

Kayak [] n. 1. an oblong banana shaped boat with a hole in the bottom from which the occupant dangles. Can be propelled the wrong way up by experts. (definition courtesy of Pete Knowles)
(And I've got this one from Chris' Kayak Lexicon)

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Vermi'n with the Queen of the Vermillion!

Vermillion at 44cfs. Would this turn out to be the fuzzy bunny whitewater that I needed?

I felt like a kid on summer vacation as, on this sunny and hot Thursday morning, I drove not to work, but to Hastings for paddling.

With temperatures in a sweltering nineties I nearly melted as I pulled and lowered my boat towards the put-in. Can’t imagine yet, how I am going to get down this rocky abyss with my 45 lbs creeker, when it is slippery from rain or even snow :-) Wonder if my landlord would let me keep a large mountain goat?

In Nora’s calming wake I was as relaxed as I have ever been in my boat on moving water. Did some PRETTY good eddy work (v. good)

Pictures from Nora's Blog

I nearly lost it, when I got onto Donut Hole! Talking about feeling a sweet spot! Maybe this playboating could grow on me! And Art, the reason you don't see me smiling on the picture below is, because I am too darn busy going WOOHOOHOO!!!

My finest photogenic few minutes :-)

After some play on Donut I noticed my arm muscles feeling like custard. Turned out later, that I had lost too much electrolytes earlier. Damn that expedition it takes to get to the put in!

Surfing Donut was fabulous, but having a good old girl’s chat with Nora and getting to know her better was priceless. People have been talking about her to me and it’s all true: She’s great!!! We both like authenticity and that’s what we shared.

Made my way home on quite a high, which led to spending too much money at you-know-where on outdoor stuff.

Shame Bill Mc couldn’t be there! I think the best testament to my high is the mail I sent to him as soon as I got my laptop to boot up:

“It was so much fun with Nora on the Verm. Fuzzy bunny whitewater, yay! (Again, I hope Art doesn't read this.) Nice eddylines to practice on, and one of the waves was big enough for even my creeker! There are pictures! :-) Let's make sure we can go out there pretty darn soon! - Nora has indicated, that she is up for going down there, when we can work around her work schedule. She's just a darl! - I used a lot of the stuff I learned from Chad and Art! - And it's just so pretty too!

So get a boat that fits your butt man!”

One of these days I hope that all the paddler who have seen me acting the nut, see me playing the Donut as breezy as today :-)

Thank you Nora!

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