WOW! I did it!!

  1. Wow, gotta share!! Drove to Laguna Beach w/friends today, and brought foldable kayak to use. Haven't used it in YEARS (And I've only been out with it on relatively calm lake water.) -- didn't even know if I'd remember how to put it together!! Luckily I found the instructions (in waterproof bag, just where anal DH - bless him!! - put them last! ) and my friend and I put it together and I TOOK IT THROUGH THE SURF AND OUT ONTO THE OCEAN -- TWICE!!
    I can't believe I did it! I have a healthy respect for the ocean, not having been raised near it and reading scary stories about its moods. I was so scared, but determined to try; my lil heart was just a'pumpin when I went out, thru the waves, into the swells. It was a beautiful day, temp 75 degrees, water temp around 70 degrees. Some high clouds, sky blue, waves crashing on rocks surrounding the cove. I paddled over to Seal Rock and watched the sea lions growl at each other and the pelicans perch for awhile. Then I paddled south past another couple of coves, where two pelicans flew over me, about 20 feet above the water. Then back to Seal Rock and then landed back in Crescent Cove, where I'd put in. I think I saw a dorsal fin of some creature, too, once . . . As I said, I'm not an ocean person, so I'm not sure what I saw but it was on the surface and didn't wiggle like a fish, LOL! As I paddled through the swells (and some areas were like a washing machine) I kept trying to remember phrases I'd read years ago: keep boat at slight angle to swells so they don't flip you over. Don't make any sudden movements so you might dump. Yes, I had my PFD (personal flotation device, = Mae West!!) on, too. It was so cool, and again, I can't believe I worked up the courage to do it!!

    Have you ever done something that is momentous for you, beyond your cocoon of security? I'm not a big risk-taker as a rule (really!!) -- are you? Share something cool you've done that surprised you! Thanks for listening!
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  3. by   Ted
    Dianah - What you did sounds like fun!

    I did white water canoeing. . . once! It was scary! Almost drowned. . . or at least I thought I could have drowned. . . when the canoe tipped over. Lucky for me I was able to . . . just stretch my legs and stand up! And breath! (Because the very fast moving water was only up to my chest!) :chuckle But that experience did scare the crap out of me! And, because of this experience, I haven't done it again.

    What momentous things have I done? Co-write and co-produced an original musical. Even took it on short "tours" a couple of times! One of the more crowning achievements in my life.

    Ted
  4. by   Tweety
    Awesome!!! Woot! Sounds fun.
  5. by   night owl
    Originally posted by efiebke
    I did white water canoeing. . . once! It was scary! Almost drowned. . . or at least I thought I could have drowned. . . when the canoe tipped over. Lucky for me I was able to . . . just stretch my legs and stand up! And breath! (Because the very fast moving water was only up to my chest!) :chuckle But that experience did scare the crap out of me! And, because of this experience, I haven't done it again.
    Ted
    God that reminds me of the time I went canoeing on the Delaware River. First timer and there I was in the back, girlfriend in the front. Now if you look at that river the current doesn't look very strong, BUT I dropped the paddle so I figure I'll just reach and grab the darn thing...Pfffft! There we go right over!!! Well, let me tell you, that current is soooo strong and it just swept you away and scared the crap outta me! I decided not to fight it but just float instead. Well nobody told me about the big rocks and bolders my azz would encounter while I was being taken down this river! I finally managed to just eaze myself (side stroke) over to the embankment. I stood up and yelled pointing to my watch, "It look a lickin, but it's still tickin!" My poor azz and legs were so bruised the next day I could hardly walk. And THAT was the last time I went canoeing ever again!
  6. by   dianah
    YES, nightowl, the current is amazingly strong!! Actually, flowing water is strong! The second time I landed, I hopped out of the kayak to grab it and help my friend pull it up on the beach. A wave crashed just as I stood up, and knocked me to my knees, (legs were already tired and shaky) -- there just was nothing I could do, the water was so strong!

    Ted, my hat is off to you, writing the production!!
  7. by   jnette
    Wow, Dianah... that sounds WONDERFUL !!! How kool. Yes, it would take courage... and while I love the ocean, lakes, and rivers, I am still pretty wussy about rapid water and BIG waves.

    You had a really neat time, I can tell. GOOD FOR YOU !!!

    My biggest/scariest accomplishment was skiing down an "experts only" slope with my stepdad in Austria quite a few years ago... took nearly half a day to get to the peak by cable car... and keeping up with him was a real chore as he was an alpine whizz since childhood. I remember reaching the village below as the sun was setting... and we had started out at daybreak.

    Oh.. I also fell and split my skipants from front to back... my stepdad never let me live that one down !!!
    Last edit by jnette on Jul 27, '03
  8. by   dianah
    jnette: I can relate, I would NOT want to ski down a black diamond slope. Again, not a big risk-taker! Of course, with the proper instruction and experience and confidence, I would tackle it . . . but I like to stack the deck, in my favor!!

    ALL day for one run??!! Wow! And I can tell, that memory (and the split pants ) is still an important part of your life for you - Good for you!!
  9. by   jnette
    Originally posted by dianah
    jnette: I can relate, I would NOT want to ski down a black diamond slope. Again, not a big risk-taker! Of course, with the proper instruction and experience and confidence, I would tackle it . . . but I like to stack the deck, in my favor!!

    Yeh.. well, although I grew up on skis, I was far from "expert"... but we can thank dear ol' MOM for THAT episode ! She has always had this "exaggeration" problem...I had not met my stepdad yet.. this was our first meeting as she was re- married while I was in basic training in the AF. After being stationed back to "home" in Germany, we met in Austria when I had some "leave". She had, of course, filled his ears about what an "expert skiier" I was, and he was thrilled. He made arrangements for the very next day to take me skiing.. little did I know where we were going. I thought my heart would drop of the peak of that Alp when I stood at the very top and realized what I had before me... sheeesh.

    Mom's still at it... she USED to tell everyone I was a nurse in the AF.. "no, Mom, I was a MEDIC !!!" Now that I'm finally a nurse, I'd bet anything she tells all her friends I'm a doctor (!!!)... ... in the AIR FORCE (still)...

    "no, Mom, I'm a nurse, and it's been 25 yrs, since I was a MEDIC, and in the AF !!! Guess at 81, you might now call that "confabulation"...? But knowing her, it's still plain ol' exaggeration.
  10. by   dianah
    But she's so proud of you, doing whatever-it-is-you-do!!
  11. by   passing thru
    Great entertaining stories. ! You all are living some interesting lives. !!

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