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I figured that since I'm packing my car pretty much every weekend, it might be worth it to make some kind of comprehensive list so I wouldn't forget anything. Obviously I don't bring all this stuff on every trip, but this should cover pretty much any trip I'd want to go on!
Click the link below to download a Word version, so you can modify it to meet your needs!
Ok, now back to packing...
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!
Every year, the first Rough Riders session is a rescue class to make sure everyone is up to date on their deep water re-entries. This Thursday, 26 Rough Riders met up at BayCreek and worked on paddle float, rodeo, and assisted (T-X) re-entries. It was a splashing good time!
We put in around 8:30am at the south end of the lake at Scott Park. During the short paddle down the inlet, we were welcomed by the fumes of burning garbage, but luckily that passed once we got to the lake...
It’s a cute little lake located about ten miles southeast of Watkins Glen. It's named after the Senecan Princess Kayutah, whose mother filled the lake with tears after her daughter was kidnapped. The east and west shores are lined with houses and trailers. The put-in is at the north end.
We canoed around the lake, stopping to check out the inlet and outlet at the north and south ends of the lake, respectively. We saw some big beaver dams (one completely blocked off the outlet channel). The ferns were beautiful in the evening sun. I would show you a picture, but I decided it would be a good idea to set my camera on the back of my car before driving away along the bumpy dirt road. oh well. maybe it will turn up.
Thunderstorms were in the forecast, so it was quite exciting when the wind picked up and the temperature dropped just as we reached the far end of the lake. Click "Read More" to see a map of the route.
After getting a serious case of “kayaker’s high” from the gorgeous paddle the night before, Rob, Ben, and I decided to meet up at 8am at Taughannock State Park to squeeze in another morning paddle. We put in on the north shore of the park...
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