I worked in the start/finish control for the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally 2 weeks ago. I was not able to stay for the banquet, as I had previous commitments with Rosa. But I left my name in a draw for door prizes.
The next day the organizers called me and said that I had won a kayak from Clearwater Design.
It was very welcome news. I often thought about getting a kayak, but did not think I would be able to afford one because of all my other hobbies.
About 7 or 8 years ago, I was at a team-building event in a quarry in Quebec. The highlight of the day for me was being able to paddle around an artifical lake in a kayak. It felt so right, being so close to the water. It was so peaceful. All I needed was loons and moonlight.
Now I have that opportunity. White-water kayaking does not interest me – racing is more than enough adrenalin for me. I need time to chill out, time to think, time to meditate.
It could also be good exercise. I hate going to the gym because it seems so pointless. I go for my long-term health. I think of all the other things I could be doing during that time.
Later this week, I’ll go to Le Baron Outdoor Products to get the rest of the equipment (life preserver, paddles, etc) I need. I also need some way to haul it around. I live only 7 minutes walk from the Rideau River, so I can start using the kayak there. Perhaps I can also bring it to work and go to the Ottawa River in the evenings. I also noticed that there is a storm-water facility just behind the house, which also looks very peaceful. I’m not sure if I could get in trouble using it, as it is City of Ottawa property.