I have been building a life that combines both my love of travel and outdoors and family needs. One of the realities that have come my way with living my life with these terms is that I can't always travel when I would wish to as my teenager is still in school. I am certainly aware that many family home school on the road but they do miss out on some of the 'normal' activities of high school life. So for now the compromise means we are stationary during school month. Compromise always involves tradeoffs and we certainly have had trade offs. I miss the travel during the school year and Hailey misses her friends during the travel months.
I was certainly having some issues as folks were beginning to gather.... 18 kayakers are a large number of folks to be gathering on the landing or on the water at the same time. Yep, I retreated to the fringes.....
One of our group had a unique kayak. Note she is not using her paddle. Her kayak is pedal powered. Her Hobie watercraft really skims quickly through the water.
I say this kayak is made in the shade!
This gal passed us up too. Our inflatable kayaks had a difficult time keeping up with the other kayaks. Their paddling motion seemed effortless compared to our effort and they glided swiftly along.
Hailey was dropping back farther and farther but I could still see her. The farther she fell behind, the slower she progressed. I circled back to rejoin her. It seemed more important that she enjoy the paddle than for me to become competitive and speed up to catch up with the other kayakers. I reminded myself it is about the journey not who finished first.
We had a opportunity to visit with the other kayakers as they reached the end of the lake and then came back down the lake on their return to the public access ramp.
Full time travelers might find Meetup.com as a way to locate great hikes in an area or join up with others in a area they are visiting. In any event it certainly is a way for part time travelers to connect with others who share the outdoor life they love. It will be fun to meet up with folks we like and share activities we love.