We had a weekend of really lovely weather. Saturday started on the cool side - think 60s early and ended up in the high 80s. Typically I wouldn't enjoy high 80s but there was low humidity which made it so much more manageable for me. Plus we spent a good portion of the day on the water.
We started the morning on the deck early - before 6 am - enjoying coffee, listening to the birds and making some plans for our basement remodel. It was actually chilly and I put a polar fleece over my nightgown - not the best look - ha! But it was so beautiful out I hated to go inside. Then we headed off for some shopping/planning for the remodel - picking out a mirror and light for over the bathroom vanity, looking at flooring, etc. We also picked up a gallon of paint for the front door. And we went bold - with Crushed Oregano.
After shopping we came home, packed up the kayaks and lots of sunscreen and headed to the creek. We put in near Hersheypark and had plans to go to a location not far from our house. We dropped off the truck at our destination. Once in the water the heat of the day didn't seem so bad. While there was not much of a breeze we could trail our feet and hands in the water and it really cooled us down. We really bit off more than we had planned and ended up spending 4.5 hours in the water - way longer than we planned. We did not pack enough water to drink - lesson learned. We had fellow kayakers hand us 2 beers 3/4 of the way through and while it probably wasn't the best solution it did help a very parched throat. And it was a bit funny as the guy who did this is a bartender at one of the local restaurants we go to.
We had another first - hit up a place where it was too low to get our boats through. We had to get out and carry the kayaks downstream a bit. Not too far but definitely a first.
Luckily we had packed lots of sunscreen and applied it liberally many times during our trip - which was a good thing as we made it home without getting sunburned. The views of the day were fabulous - mostly peaceful except when we came upon groups of rafters - we saw great blue herons again and tons of turtles, ducks, and geese.
We are certainly getting our money's worth out of these kayaks. And it has really pushed me outside my comfort zone - in lots of ways. One thing is taking a new trip that we don't know a lot about - what will we come upon? While we do look at local kayaking maps to make sure there are no dams or huge rapids - my husband is great about this - it still is new and exciting. Also, I am stepping outside my comfort zone by wearing a tank and shorts in public - seriously! this might not sound big but for me it is. I am feeling more confident in my slightly - and I mean slightly - small body. And more confident in my ability to kayak. I am stronger - my knees are stronger - and it makes doing this much easier. Go me!
We came home, had dinner out and then settled in to watch the end of the US Open. We were both exhausted - all that fresh air and sunshine!
Sunday I went into work a bit - yuck - and then chores around the house and burgers on the deck with some local asparagus. Yum! We spent time spent on the patio planning for next weekend's camping/kayaking trip. We are headed north - up near our younger son's home. This was done very purposely as our DIL's due date is June 29. We are hoping she delivers while we are up there. Our campsite is 15 minutes from the hospital - LOL! Wishful thinking much!
Joining Karen at Pumpkinsunrise for her Weekending posts.