So last week, there was that whole kayaking debacle, but this weekend, there was OCEAN KAYAKING! And WAVE RIDING! Look at me!
Ok. There was just one wave ridden and maybe some hoohaa about it beforehand, but still. I did it. Redeemed? I think so.
Now I could just stop here and let myself look kinda cool. It’s a cool picture, right? But I’d like to be honest about the situation and I’d like to say a big thank you to my friend, Jackie who put up with said hoohaa and helped make this wave riding happen. I mentioned before that I’m a calm water girl, you know, lakes and bays and such. That’s my kayaking comfort zone. The waves make me a little nervous. I didn’t want to wipe out in front of all the weekend beach goers or, worse, be the first rescue case for the lifeguard trainees who were working out on the sand that day. So I may or may not have been whining a little bit on our walk to the beach. Some people might say that I was making excuses, but I really didn’t have breakfast that morning. Plus I’d gone on a looonng bike ride, riding into the wind practically the entire time. That kind of resistance takes extra energy. Did I mention I was riding my mountain bike? on the road?! Not as easy to pedal as Jackie’s nice road bike. I think there was legitimate cause for concern about weakness and fatigue. Maybe I was too tired for wave paddling. It was hot out too. And humid. Do you think this is hoohaa? This is the kind of stuff that Jackie was listening to all morning. And though she may have called me lame once or twice, she never offered an out. She never said, “You know, you don’t HAVE to do this. Your list is supposed to be about fun, if it makes you nervous, just relax and read instead. No biggie.” A little bit, I wanted an out. Like right here. Right here, I really wanted an out.
But if you scroll back up to that wave riding pic, right there I was so glad to have my friend who doesn’t let me back out. Right there I was having fun! Right there I was feeling like a real kayaker. I was reminded that I’m a girl who has rafted the Gauley River. Boy, was that nerve wracking! But I did that too and maybe I should keep on doing stuff that takes me out of my comfort zone. There are a few spots left on my list…I might consider your suggestions…
PS – The next day we took it easy. Flat waters, in the bay, Atlantic City in view. Could have done without the greenhead flies, though. That’s two paddles in one weekend! Thanks, Jac!