I thought I might be misremembering so I went into Goodreads yesterday to see what I read in June. About half of a book. So yeah, I wasn't misremembering! I seem to have hit my standard summer slump. When the weather is gorgeous and other things are calling, there's really nothing to do but go with the flow. What's flowing?
A new academic term just kicked up today for the school where I teach in-person one night a week. My class doesn't actually meet until tomorrow night, but I had some last minute course things to do in Blackboard this weekend and this morning. Now that all that stuff is done, I can move on to other things: Book Riot and Panels posts, bloggy stuff, an attempt at reading some comics, a library trip for Greyson.
Y'all, I just didn't know how much fun kayaking is. I've always been scared of it for a few reasons:
1. I'm not crazy about murky water that I can't see the bottom of.
2. Would I get stuck in the narrow seat?
3. It looks hard! Would my arms fall off from rowing?
So yeah, all those excuses went out the window on our lake vacation last week. I got my first taste of kayaking in a one-person boat on Caddo Lake. Speaking of murky...it is the murkiest! It's Texas's only natural lake (which is sort of terrifying in itself), and it's full of gators and mud. That water is gross! Our cabin had canoes and kayaks on site, so we gave it a whirl and I LOVED IT. I did not get stuck in the seat. Rowing was not nearly as hard as I expected. No gators grabbed me.
When David and I got back to town, we started looking for places to rent kayaks on our local lake...Lake Ray Hubbard...which is a ginormous reservoir. We found a business with a reasonable price and made a reservation for a 2-hour tandem kayaking trip so we could try it out. It was SOOOO GREAT. The water is a lot cleaner, the lake is wayyyy bigger, and there's a paddle park where a lot of kayakers and upright paddleboarders go to launch and hang out. There's a big paddling "trail"...6+ miles...around the lake in a no wake zone so you won't get squished by a big boat or jet ski.
Needless to say, I'm hooked. Absolutely hooked. We're looking into the possibility of buying our own kayaks and going out regularly. We're also poking around for good-sized local ponds where we might be able to go out and row for a bit in the early mornings here in town since the proper lake is about a 25 minute drive.
As for that vacation? I don't mean to let it be an afterthought because we had a great time. We stayed in the cutest cabin, paddled, cooked out, and generally enjoyed the down time.
I hope the last week has been a great one for you with lots of reading and fun time! Do tell me what you've been up to.