Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Couple of Kayak Pics

I'm on the right in a dark helmet and blue shirt under my PFD and spray skirt.

 That's me, too...

I received an email that said, "Michelle Kvanli, who is our instructor Ben's wife, is the number 3 kayaker in the country right now and our lessons [the BCO group] are going towards helping her get to the Olympics."  Sounds like a good cause to me.

The kayak school also offers a membership that includes kayak and equipment rental for $35 a month and private lessons for an additional $10 an hour. Considering kayak rentals here are $40 a day, that sounds reasonable. I may sign up and see how much I use my membership benefits. San Marcos is only a couple of hours away.  I just need a little time to work up the nerve again.

19 comments:

Heather said...

I do wish you luck with your training. That is a wonderful cause! Sounds like a deal if you are passionate about it. Me and water, no way!

Love the drowning pic!!! LOL!

Brian Miller said...

so cool...um, you did remember to breath before you went under right? smiles.

That corgi :) said...

I think that would be fun to do; I would be a bit frightened tipping over though; good luck with it!

betty

Vince said...

Is a low center of gravity an advantage while in a kayak. ;)
An' is going down that slope backwards seen as a good thing.

LL Cool Joe said...

I would say it looks like loads of fun, but that would be a lie!

Good luck!

Jingle said...

awesome!
hope that you enjoyed the trip!

buffalodick said...

Don't drown...

Kelly said...

I'm not sure that is the sport for me after looking at that second pic!

Jen said...

@Heather: I'm passionate about challenging myself, and this is definitely a challenge.

@Brian Miller: I'm not sure, but I did remember not to breathe while I was upside down.

@That corgi: It was scarier thinking about flipping over than actually flipping over.

@Vince: Anybody can do it forwards. I did it upside down and backwards.

@LL Cool Joe: It's not for everybody.

@Jingle: I did enjoy the trip, the half I did.

@buffalodick: Drowning is not part of the plan.

@Kelly: Being upside down was not as bad as I expected. I'll try to spend more time right side up next time.

John McElveen said...

Deep Breath---Cool Head......Now somebody FLIPPIN FLIP me!

Good stuff Jen,

JOhn

blueviolet said...

They caught you at the perfect time! Actually, it's not really perfect since you tipped over, but for blog fodder, yes!

Jingle said...

have a nice Thursday,
it is nice to see you in my place.

Christiejolu said...

That seems too scary to me. I would be afraid I would get stuck upside down. That is my luck...

No for me Pearl Jam never really went anywhere.

ρομπερτ said...

What a challenge. Impressed. Please have a wonderful Friday.

Rebecca S. said...

Wow Jen! I've been catching up on your blog and it brings back memories of watching the young Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) students at the lodge where we used to live learning how to rescue themselves from drowning in an upside-down kayak. I must say that wet exits are something I could have done many years ago, but now? There is something counterintuitive about being upside down in a boat and so, I will never be a whitewater kayaker. But I'm very impressed that you may be!!!!

otin said...

I am actually afraid of a kayak. I have this claustrophobic thing with my legs...

Buckeroomama said...

I've done some kayaking, but only in "tame" waters. Flipping upside down would've freaked me out.

jack69 said...

Okay that does it, I am going to stick to the canoe and row boat. One day may do the Suwanee (?) river in Florida, but will protage the rapids. hahahahahah
Keep it up I know you are enjoying the life.

Jen said...

@John McElveen: You read my mind.

@blueviolet: It does make a better story when something goes not quite right.

@Jingle: It's nice to have you visit my place, too. Thanks.

@Christiejolu: I spent the whole morning afraid of ending upside down. When it happened, it wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined.

@athens: I love a challenge.

@Rebecca S: Even being trapped under a wave while surfing didn't seem as scary. In reality, though, it's really not that bad and not too difficult to escape an upside down kayak at all.

@otin: You should try a sit on top, then.

@Buckeroomama: This was my first attempt at anything but tame waters. It was a very different experience.

@jack69: Or go toobin'. Rapids are a lot of fun in an inner tube.

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