Becky, our parents, and I were all in VA to celebrate the long weekend. I was a bit exhausted from work, and was looking forward for the extra day off to catch up on sleep, and just lounge around and read by the water. The parents had suggested a few things to occupy our time, and Becky latched onto the suggestion to go antiquing because she needed a desk and dining room chairs. I should have known, based on a few hours of antiquing tiring me out, that what we decided to do on Sunday was going to be exhausting. Know what we decided?
To kayak to Maryland. Where we are on the Potomac, this distance ends up being about 9 miles across, so 18 miles round trip.
Becky and Dad were totally down. Becky's favorite thing to do at the River is to kayak. Mom and I were a bit more hesitant. I enjoy kayaking, I do! But I'd never used one of the wooden kayaks, I'd never gone more than a few miles, and I think the last time I kayaked was in April? You see, usually I'm the one swimming next to someone kayaking.
I woke up on Sunday, and Becky said "Oh good! Dad and I are getting ready to go, you in?" I said I would eat breakfast and see. Mom and I continued to debate this endeavor. It's not a short trip. If we stayed behind, it would be late afternoon before they were back, and it is just a lot of sitting around while others are getting a good workout in...and I hate that idea! So I agreed to go, but didn't really think about the challenge ahead enough, haha. I told Mom "Don't think about it, just come along!" And she agreed as well.
We got all the wooden kayaks ready- two singles for Becky and I, and the double for Mom and Dad. All made by Dad. Like for reals, he made these kayaks. My family is ridiculous.
Anyways, Mom packed us some PB&J sandwiches, apples, GORP, and waters. We knew we would need some food when we got to MD! And then we just kind of went.
|My view for awhile|
I didn't remember to bring my waterproof case for my iPhone, but I had my phone tracking us using the MapMyRun app, sitting in a waterproof bag right in front of me. So I kept hearing the MapMyRun lady going "Time- 15 minutes, 54 seconds. Distance- 1 mile. Pace- 15 minutes, 54 seconds" etc. So each time we hit another mile, I would tell Becky, and she would look at me and go "Just one more." Such a swimmer thing to say, lol.
So, just one more we went. Until we were on the opposite shore!
And there, I've done it! I've kayaked to Maryland. I don't really feel the need to do that again, so I'm glad our trip was beautiful and the weather was perfect and I made it! Really puts swimming almost 53 hours and 110 miles into perspective huh...