Even though I took a break from posting my comfort zone challenges late last year, I vowed to make a point of keeping myself open to new opportunities. I’ve posted on a few ventures since then, but this weekend, I committed myself to 3 – count ‘em, three! new experiences. Sure, why not! has become my new motto, lately.
First, a strange occurrence happened on Saturday morning: I think the planets must have been properly aligned because I had my husband all to myself; all day long, too. He didn’t have to work on his mother’s estate; he wasn’t on-call, and all was quiet at his workplace. We quickly decided that we’d best leave the phones behind, drop off the dogs at doggie daycare, and then, just start driving before our luck changed.
Saturday was one of those perfect summer days. No humidity, not a cloud in the sky, and warm but not uncomfortably so. The day practically begged for an outdoor activity, so it wasn’t too long before we decided that we’d head towards our local State Park. They have canoe rentals there, and it seemed like the perfect idea.
Once we arrived at the rental place, we noticed on the sign that they’d added kayak rentals in addition to canoes. Neither of us had ever tried kayaking and when my husband asked if I’d consider it, I eagerly said yes.
From the moment I entered the water, I was hooked. It was surprisingly easy to maneuver, easy to navigate and I didn’t feel at all like I was going to tip over. My biggest concern – that my lower back would ache too badly for me to enjoy myself, was also put to rest. The seat was cushioned and had sturdy back support; it kind of felt like I was sitting in an office chair. I was good to go!
The great thing I’ve found about kayaking is that it allows you to get to places you’d never be able to maneuver with a canoe. I could paddle right up to the edge of the water and snake through bogs and around submerged logs with ease.
After exploring only a third of the lake, we decided that we needed some lunch so we headed back to land. I pre-packed a lunch before we left home, so we drove to a quiet spot near the water and picnicked while watching families and couples fish, kayak and canoe around the lake. We enjoyed our day on the water so much, we talked about getting our own kayaks. Does anyone have experience with this sport? Is there anything we should know about buying kayaks? I definitely think some research is in order first.
On our way out of the park, I noticed a sign with an arrow pointing down a road, towards the general store. The sign read: Bicycle Rentals.
Those of you who are long-time readers already know that I (hanging my head in shame) do not know how to ride a bicycle. Yes, you read that right and no, I’m not 7 years old, I’m 41. So, in case you haven’t guessed it yet – my husband and I decided that our next order of business is to finally get this girl on a bike and teach her how to ride. Hopefully, this time next week you’ll be reading my tenderhearted success story – complete with plenty of photos (of course! I wouldn’t just leave you all behind on this momentous occasion) as I pray that I do not have an experience like Sasha did a few months ago. This photo is currently holding itself front and center in my mind….and this is a woman who already knows how to ride a bike! (deep breaths, Ellen….deep breaths.)