WE CAME, WE SAW, WE PADDLED

Sep 6, 2014 by

WE CHECK IN AT THE HUT

WE CHECK IN AT THE HUT

Every once in a while, I’ll do something that reminds me why I live where I do.  You’ve heard me say many times, I live in the best part of the best state in the best country in the world.  But no matter where you live you kinda get anesthetized-you know, you get to where you don’t notice it any more until something wakes you up.  Today was a reminder of what an incredible area this part of the Texas hill country is.  This morning, I got a couple of friends together and we met at the GO PADDLE DOWN hut in Marble Falls.  Neither Sharon, Susan, or I had ever done this before and truth be known, I had fretted just a little thinking I may have gotten in over my head (ha! a lake joke) and had started rethinking this endeavor.  But at 10am, we met at the GO PADDLE DOWN hut just down the street from the Marble Falls Library and right next to the skate park.  At first glance, you

think this looks a little land locked, but as you walk closer you see there is a little inlet of water that runs along the side and connects to the lake.  I later really appreciated this because it provides a quiet, calm place to get your feet wet—uhhh, pardon the pun.  Sharon was already there when Susan and I got there.  After quick introductions, we proceeded down the steps to the bottom floor of the hut where we were given life jackets (you don’t have to wear it if you don’t wanna-just have it on the board) and sized for oars by holding our hand up in the air.  We walked on down to the afore mentioned inlet where Erika gave us a brief tutorial on getting on the board and maneuvering it once we are underway.  She suggested a kneeling position first (think praying) or if you so choose just flat out sitting crossed legged.

ERIKA SHOWS THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE

ERIKA SHOWS THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE

She showed us where the “sweet spot” is on the board and if we kept our center of gravity above it, the board would be less wobbly.  I was the first to go, as any good hostess would do.  That way, your guest can “go to school” on your mistakes.  And more importantly, get a good laugh at your clumsiness.  As I started to just step off the dock on the board, Erika quickly reminded me to sit on the dock first and ease into the praying, errr kneeling position, on the board.  Got it, did it with out the capsized splat I had envisioned for days.  Sharon and Susan easily followed and we started paddling.  Here’s where the wake up call comes in.  We are on this beautiful little cove—paddling past the well groomed town park and homes of people lucky enough to live on the quiet, little cove.  As with all hill country waters, the water is clear.  It is a perfect day—no wind and a little overcast so it’s not scorching hot.  (Even tho the calendar says September, Texas usually

KNEELING POSITION

KNEELING POSITION

doesn’t get the memo and it stays warm till October—late October.)  We are the only people out and the lake is ours!  We turn the bend and paddle on toward the main body of water.  By this time, we are all standing up on the boards and have smug little looks of genuine satisfaction.  We’re now out on Lake Marble Falls.  We look over to the new bridge going up.  I think about the fun party we made out of the imploding of the old one—even if it was at six o’clock in the morning!  Did I do a blog about that?  Can’t remember.  Oh well, back to paddling.  What a view!  Right ahead of us is Chili’s and River City Grill.  We see Starbucks and Russo’s up on the hill.  We see where the annual Christmas Walkway of Lights will be in just a few months.  The water is clear and clean and beautiful.  The air is fresh with no traces of car exhaust or pollution. It’s just a great day—a beautiful day in the neighborhood as Mr. Rogers would say.  It is the Texas hill country.  And what a great way to see it.  Up close and personal.  We start paddling back, the little breeze that we have is to our back.  I see a huge fish jump out of the water which makes me wonder if I could keep my balance and use my fly rod.  How cool would that be?  As we go by the park, some city workers

I GRADUATED TO STANDING

I GRADUATED TO STANDING

are doing something with a huge water hose and tell us we look like we are having too much fun.  Small towns, they’re just wonderful.  We ease back to the dock, dismount all by ourselves as if we had done this a hundred times.  I’m amazed how easily I can go back up the steps, I really thought someone was going to make one of those buddy chairs when 2 people link their arms together and one person sits on them.  Remember?  Anyway, by now, we are back in the cool little cinder block building that reminds me of the buildings in Oregon where the original San Francisco flower children migrated to.  We visit a little longer and talk about what a great work-out it was.  I love exercise when you don’t know you’re doing it.  Sharon says she is off to decorate 2 birthday cakes for her granddaughter’s birthday.  As Susan and I walk towards her Suburban, another nice city worker that is working on the new landscaping asked if we had fun.  Only in a small town does that happen.  I just love it.  I just absolutely love it.  We get in and say over and over again how much fun it was and how glad we did it.  Next time, we’ll do the Moon Glo SUP.  And sip wine… Things can always be improved on………

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IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

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