I dug this photo up recently. This is me (8 years old) and Arno (my brother, 6 years old) during our very first time sitting in a kayak, at kids camp at BayCreek Paddling Center.
Next thing we knew, they were pushing us into Lake Ontario on a choppy/windy day, and we were upside down. Arno swore he'd never do it again, but for some reason I returned, year after year.
Also, these little EPI boats are SUPER tippy.
What's more important that being a good teaching assistant? How about a master's of engineering project? A full load of classes? My job?
That's right... kayaking!
My mother has graciously agreed to pay tuition for Ontario Greenland Camp as my birthday present this year. This is super exciting because I haven't really had a chance (other than a couple random pool sessions) to improve my Greenland paddling/rolling skills since sophomore year when I went down to Georgia for BCU Week, where Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson were holding seminars.
It's the first time they're holding this 3-day camp in September (10 -12th), so I'm not really sure what to expect, but hopefully I'll finally master a forward finishing roll! I was able to do it last time they taught me in one of those tiny Greenland kayaks, but promptly lost it.
And this time, I'll make sure my camera is charged!
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