After 8 months of dry, solitary confinement in the garage in Penfield, NY, Big Purple finally joined me in California on Friday evening. She (is it a "she"? I'm not sure) was on the road for 5 weeks (jealous!).
I arrived at the beautiful Stanford Boathouse in Redwood City just before 8pm. The site was completely deserted and sun was setting over San Francisco Bay. I hopped out of my car and went through the familiar motions of clamping the saddles onto the roof-rack and threading the weathered blue straps through the cross-bars. It took me a bit longer to remember how to tie a bowline knot. Even after tying 16 bowline knots on each of 20 tarps at COE I still can't seem to remember it!
At the pool session last week, I decided to try these two new (for me) Greenland-style rolls (no... I'm not talking about sushi... that would be gross). Luckily Ben was there to film it when I unexpectedly surfaced. This little boat is a magical rolling machine!
Watch Cheri Perry do it here (under "Rolls with no paddle"). I didn't realize that I could extend my left arm out at the end. It also looks like I should tuck a bit more at the beginning. Yay for movies!
Watch Cheri Perry do it here (under "Rolls with no paddle"). I crossed my arms a little differently than she does, and I probably need a bit more snap at the end. But yay for managing to get up in the first place!
Just wanted to share a few pictures of the fall foliage around the pond behind our house in Lincoln, MA.
I love fall... Just wanted to add another water-related post since kayaking has been MIA lately. Canadice Lake this weekend!
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