It's the Month after Thanksgiving and the weather has turned cool. Which means it's time to do any needed repairs on the trailer and stow the kayaks in the barn.This time of year always gets me thinking of all of the fun and adventures we've had on the Great Lakes Heritage Coastline this season.Some of my personal highlights?
- Introducing a mom and daughter to sea kayaking and watching their relationship and confidence grow.
- Safely guiding a group across a stretch of 2 metre swell in the North Channel, then hearing their spirited stories over that night's dinner.
- An amazing display of Perseid meteor showers in mid-August.
- Taking my ten year old for her first solo. It seems the apple may not fall far from the tree. Mind you, she'll be out-paddling me in no time. (We also took the train across Canada and traveled to the Okanogan.-more about that latter.)
- Having my eldest daughter, (16) act as my assistant on a 5 day Phillip Edward trip Island trip and running into 3 rattle snakes. She also developed her instructional skills in clinics
- Adding three new boats to the fleet and one cheese cake recipe - all of which performed wonderfully!
- Entering a kayak race and coming in near the back of the pack and feeling good about it.
- Coaching new paddlers to roll and scull and watch them make it their own in days.
- Getting to watch paddlers of all ages improve their skills and feel their excitement and accomplishment in earning their Paddle Canada levels... from level 1 to level 3.
- Beautiful North Channel, from the Whales Back to Phillip Edward and back. Enough said.But thankfully ... the end of one season marks the beginning of another. Just when we've had enough of the snow on Sleepy Hollow Road, we head to the Florida Everglades in February. Here are a few past pics and trip details to tempt you!