When Wendy and I got home from the gym last evening - a rarer event now with Greg's frequent traveling - my plan was to take a shower and eat some dinner.
But as I stepped out of the van, Greg said - "Hey, I was thinking we should go kayaking"
I mentioned that I haven't picked up our park passes for the vehicles yet, to which Greg responded, "They don't usually look for those until Memorial Day......oh, that was last weekend, wasn't it" Yup.
But we went, and there wasn't anyone manning the toll booth. Note to self - put get passes on next week's to do list.
Greg hadn't gotten out kayaking at all last year with his busy schedule, so he hadn't even seen the boys use their own kayaks yet. During the pack-up, I'm pretty sure that I distinctly remember asking, "are you sure we have all the paddles?"
We didn't. Greg had to run back home for the fourth paddle while the boys progressed from swishing the water with the paddles we did have, to somehow using the paddles as part of their karate moves against each other. I was just about to throw them both in the water when Greg returned.
And we launched.
Brian quickly relearned his kayak, but Mark struggled a bit. Last year I had just taken them out on Bishop Lake - a calm, no wake lake - but last night we went to the more active Thompson Lake. It was a little nerve wracking.
Greg agreed that we'll do Bishop next time until Mark can get the hang of it again. He struggled fighting against the currents and the waves. The nice thing about their kayaks (which I just saw at Costco the last time I was there for a better price than I paid) is that they don't tip. They are perfect for learning. And we can fit all four kayaks inside of our van.
I got out to the island first and then waded out to meet Mark and pull him the rest of the way in. Secured on the island, both boys went for a swim, but admitted it was a little chill. There is a lot of glass and goose poop on the islands, so if you're going to go - make sure to wear shoes. Three of the four of us had water sandals on.
We ended up tying Mark's kayak tow-strap style to Greg's for the paddle back.
Now I'm antsy to go again soon, as this adventure felt like just a little tease.
- Greg was home today to bring the boys to soccer. At the same minute that Mark's soccer should have started - the sky opened up and my phone began buzzing with flash flood warnings. Is it wrong that I'm glad Greg was home to take them this week?
- I'm supposed to be home doing paperwork. Starting in two minutes.
- Five more days of school. The end of year paperwork is piling high on my counter.
- Today's Amazon order showed up at my door. Brian will be thrilled. It's a penmanship book for him to work on over summer. His fifth grade teacher will thank me.
- I hope.
- Wendy and I have a shopping goal for this evening. There is always so much we try to do on the days when Greg is home. She needs a few things for the summer activities she has planned - which is still a couple weeks away, but today is our only chance to go sans little brothers.
- So we're taking it.
- After I pay the bills.
- Procrastinating over.
- Peace out.