Teaching the intro to kayaking course (Summer 2019)
Introduction to canoeing course (Summer 2019)
De Grote Rivieren Tocht (June 7-10, 2019)
For me, on the other hand, the intensity of my days increased! On day 1, I was reading my book in the car, parked at scenic locations between the campgrounds and buying plants at local nurseries. On day 2, I had a second passenger in the car with me (his hand/wrists were really swollen). On day 3, I had two passengers in the car! I guess it's good I was available as chauffeur. ;)
There's a slightly different assortment of photos on the club website.
Veerse Meer (July 21, 2019)
We didn't circumnavigate the whole lake, but we covered a good part of it. We visited Veere - a cute historic city on the south shore of the lake. The docks were crowded when we arrived; there was an outdoor festival going on. It was fun to explore the lively town and eat some ice cream. Of course I remember the ice cream, and not much else. We also saw a roaming group of horses!
Outdoor pool session (September 1, 2019)
Crossing the Rio Grande from Texas to Mexico (and back) (November 2019)
Misc paddles with friends on the lake and Rotte in 2020
Reeuwijkse Plassen, Gouda (August 30, 2020)
Niers en Maastocht (September 4-6, 2020)
Sunset paddle to the city center (September 23, 2020)
The paddle back was, on the other hand, an adventure! It started raining shortly after turning back, and the downpour didn't really stop until we reached the club. The group split in two, with some people's paddling speed doubling at the onset of rain. Luckily we managed to find each other again under a bridge.
It was a twinkly and memorable paddle!
Vlaardingse Vlietlanden (September 27, 2020)
Beginner paddle on the Rotte (October 3, 2020)
Sunrise paddle on the Kralingse plas (November 13, 2020)
Introduction to racing!
A couple weeks later I attended my first racing course, and it was really fun! It was refreshing to be the student and go back to the basics of the forward stroke, and focus on using my legs for paddling. As a sea kayaker it definitely felt weird to paddle without thigh braces and with knees in the air. I used all kinds of muscles that don't seem to have been used in a long time... I now understand where the "boat pose" comes from in yoga/pilates - ouch!
Unfortunately all the courses have been stopped until at least February, due to the new Covid-19 measures. Hopefully once the Netherlands manages to get the pandemic under control again, we can keep learning and playing outside in tippy boats!