Wow!! Let’s Go Kayaking!

Packing and Loading

Packing and Loading

Our Special Cove
Our Special Cove

The new kayaks were delivered about the same time I was preparing to leave for my daughter’s birthday party.  Kayaking was put on hold until we celebrated the birthday.  What a party!  All but one of my grandchildren were there and the party went on for days.  My daughter’s actual birthday was August 3rd. The birthday party started July 31 and ended August 8.  (We refer to it as the marathon birthday party.)  What a fun time we had!!  So, the kayaks were stored in the garage until after the party. 

Here I am tying down the kayaks to the truck for transport to the lake.  We had selected a couple of sit-on-top kayaks that are about 9 feet long and weigh 38 lbs.  We  chose this size because they fit in the back of our small Ranger pick-up truck and are not too heavy for us to carry.  They are refered to as Malibu Mini-X Fish and Dive Kayaks and have fishing pole holders and water tight compartments for carrying essentials.  We chose the bright colors to assure that other boats could see us on the water.

Of course each time we go out we have  a “purpose” for our outing, or to put it more succinctly a “goal”.  We drove to the lake and found this great cove to paddle around in.  (I hope you weren’t expecting pictures of us in white water traversing down a waterfall.)  This day our goal was to paddle over to a beach on the other side of the cove and eat our lunch and then paddle back.  The day was sunny and cool with a nice breeze blowing over the lake. As we sat on a log eating our lunch and feeling the cool breeze and listening to nature, we praised God for the glory of His wonderful creation.  Thus our purpose and our goal was fullfilled.

Hurricane Season 2004

Our crew working in Georgia while waiting to be cleared for passage to Florida.

 Sam (my son) at http://samwrites2.wordpress.com/ asked me to blog about my experience in disaster relief work during the 2004 hurricane season.  Of course we all love to talk about ourselves and what we have done so here goes.  One day at our church my husband and I attended a meeting where they were recruiting volunteers for disaster relief work.  This was just prior to the hurricane season but major hurricanes were being predicted.  We considered this a good way to serve the Lord so we signed up for the chain saw crew.  Now, neither one of us knew how (and did not want to learn how) to use a chain saw but we were assured that we did not need to use a chain saw.  Some of us would be needed to pull and drag brush.  So we attended the training, purchased uniforms and obtained the proper credentials that would allow us to enter and work on a disaster site.  So we were prepared.  Little did we know the blessings that would be in store for us.  Our first call came in after hurricane Charley hit and did so much devastation.  We left home in our church van and other vehicles with a crew of about eight and headed for Florida.  On the way there we received a call that we had to change course because of another hurricane that was heading our direction.  So we detoured to a staging area near Atlanta, Georgia.  There we bunked overnight in a church building.  That night, due to hurricane Frances, a tornado hit the town where we were staying and did quite a bit of damage while we huddled in a stairwell of the church.  We were in wait status for a while but were soon told there were areas close by that needed help if we could get to them.  Our assignment was to clear a short road in a residential area that was totally blocked by two huge trees, one on each end of the street.  Residents there could not leave in their vehicles due to the fallen trees blocking the way.  Our crew went right to work.  We cleared the road for them.  When the persons operating the chain saws would cut off a limb, others of us would haul the limb or log to a pile in a designated area.  Some to the logs were so huge that we needed handtrucks to move them.  The smiles and hugs we received from the residents was pay enough for our efforts.  We had worked in the rain about 4 hours, got soaked to the skin, when we received orders to pack up and move on towards our destination in Florida.  Note:  In order to jog my memory about the names of the hurricanes for this blog, I did some research in Google about the 2004 hurricane season.  I learned that , “The Atlantic Basin had a more active season than average in 2004 with 15 tropical storms and 9 hurricanes, including 6 major hurricanes.”  The following website is full of information about the hurricanes of 2004:  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2004/hurricanes04.html  This is to be continued…..

Learning While Waiting

It is time to get on with my day.  But first, I must leave a line or two about what I plan to do today.  OK, I will admit that my husband and I are fourteen years into retirement and still do not sleep in, and we still have a  list of “TO DO’s”!  I plan to take my aunt to her doctor’s appointment and then get a manicure and have my hair fixed.  All of this while I wait with excitement for the kayaks to be delivered.  The outfitter that ordered the kayaks sent me an e-mail and said that they were shipped from the factory last Friday.  That means that we will be getting them in less than 10 days.  While I am waiting for the kayaks to be delivered, I am starting to read a book entitled, “The Kayak Companion,” by Joe Glickman. In this book I am learning techniques on paddling and other important things.   I love being out in nature and enjoying God’s beauty.  I agree with my daughter when she said that kayaking is a very good way to experience nature.

Grandma Stories and Beginning Kayaking

GranmaSue

GranmaSue

The children and grandchildren want to know some of the “grandma” stories I have tucked inside of me. I live in a retirement community away from all family and I would like to start a blog to tell my stories.  I am  shy about posting this worldwide because I do not know who will read this page…who would want to anyway??  Maybe if I send out my blog address to all my family and say, “Read my blog.” they will rush right over and start reading.  My initial blog in December said, “Hello World,” which I deleted.  That is as far as I have gone with my writing.  I must hurry and get on with  it!  Also, on my birthday next January, I will be 70.  WOW!  So I better get busy doing a lot of things I haven’t done because I do not have much time left.  That is why I am here. I want to talk about  my desire start kayaking.  Some say I do not need to be doing that at my age.  I have ordered two sit-on-top fishing kayaks for me and my husband.  We are expecting delivery in about 2 weeks.   While I am waiting for the kayaks to be delivered, we need advice for people our age who are just now starting to kayak.