Thursday, June 15, 2006

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat...

Yesterday, I went canoeing with some of the youth from our church. The Hethan spent the night with his cousin (after having had said cousin spend two nights with us) so that I could participate in this outing. Here are a few things I learned about myself and canoeing.

1. I cannot steer. Well, that's not entirely true. I can steer. I just can't steer well or quickly. Ok. I really can't steer at all. Yeah. Not really.
2. I do very well with grunt work. Paddling was a good thing for me. Tell me how to do it and I'll do it!
3. I don't react well to branches hitting me in the head. But then, I suppose I deserved it since I kept steering us into branches when I was "driving" the canoe--- and Maria got the brunt of the branches.
4. I like canoeing.

While we were on the river, we saw a number of turtles. I was tempted to pick one up and bring it home, but I knew, deep down, that it wouldn't be a good thing. When we stopped to rest at one point, we saw these cute liiiiiiitle froggies. They were the size of my thumbnail. I caught one and we all exclaimed over how cute it was for a while.

Our lunch spot was a place where the river had a deep spot--- and someone had tied a rope to a tree so that people could swing over the water and drop from the rope. Some of the youth were swinging and jumping, and of course, I couldn't resist. So I started wading across the river to the other side. Remember how I mentioned that it was a deeper spot in the river? Yeah. Within a few feet, the water was up to my chest and moving quickly. I was walking across with Lauren, one of the young ladies, when the current began to pull us downriver. Shallow adult that I am, I let go of Lauren and started swimming. I hollered at her to swim too--- she's an experienced water baby, so she knew what to do. We made it across to a shallower part and the water was as warm as bathtub water. Did I mention that the water was so cold in the deep part that my goosebumps had goosebumps? EEEK!

Anyhow, canoeing was fun. The girls had a fight with the boys with water bottle bombs. I got grouped in that fight because I was a canoe partner with one of the girls. Two of the girl canoes got tipped, but I am pleased to say that thanks to Maria's awesome steering, she and I kept ahead of the canoe that was causing the tipping. :)

And now, it's time to say good night. Because my arms are still sore from rowing, rowing, rowing. I fell asleep last night, feeling as though I were still in a boat. :) Night all.


Shannon Wagers said...

try kayaking in Hawaii. Much better than canoeing.

lisa said...

yay canoeing!!! I'm so glad you came, and you helped us with the water bottle bomb war, and I'm so proud that you jumped from the rope! lol. goodtimes.... :) I love you!