Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Indianola Pink House - love the eclectic porch!

Prairie Moon

Iris in the Sky...no diamonds...

Kayaking Rolling - Kayak Rescues and Pool Antics (Old Video Found)

Another South Dakota Kayak Challenge Video

South Dakota Kayak Challenge Video

Inukskuk Cairn

Earlier today a friend sent me information on Inukshuk Cairns.  Although, I've long-been fascinated with cairns in general I'd not realized that they are often constructed representing a human figure; in this case they are referred to as an Inunnguaq Cairn. The longer arm of an inunnguaq points in the direction that you should travel. Sometimes an inukshuk has a peep hole in the middle - if you look through it, another inukshuk can be seen in
 the distance.
Evidently I'm not the only one enchanted by these stone structures -  Constructing inuksuit cairns in parks in Canada has become so widespread that in 2007 park officials issued a notice on the north shore of Ontario's Georgian Bay  'urging visitors to “stop the invasion” of inuksuit.' 
Funny, eh?!

Inukshuk sculpture by David Ruben Piqtoukun (photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The South Dakota Kayak Challenge was cancelled yesterday due to high, fast water on the Missouri River.  I'm disappointed....I was ready for this race; but that's how nature and life is - you don't control it, and more often than I'd like, you get thrown a curve ball.  Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.....and so it goes.

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ unknown author

Still crazy after all these years...Paul Simon

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thunderstorms...and thanks

I took this shot and then paddled like crazy - didn't quite make it to shore without having to deal with the 50 mph winds and rain....Thank you to the two nice gentlemen who helped me get Nemo out of the water and on my SUV.  And, though they may never see this - I know many of you have helped strangers (despite having to stand in the rain yourselves!)...know, that we really appreciate your kindness!
And Nemo....I was impressed with how well this boat handles in strong winds - although I had excellent opportunity to capsize twice - I didn't.   :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Skunk River Paddlers 2011

Amazing and Talented People....next showcase: Red Rock Armada!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Evening Light

                Give me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling ~ Walt Whitman

Parallels and Perpendiculars

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Storm Coming....

Yesterday I wasn't able to stop a strong gust of wind from blowing Nemo from the roof of my car, or cracking a bone in my hand...but we both survived.  Here's Nemo not looking too bad all things considered, and Cindy surveying another storm brewing.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ain't it a glorious day? Right as a mornin' in May...I feel like I could fly.

A friendly lab wants to get into my kayak.

I've never let anyone paddle my kayak....guess that makes this girl very special!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tulips - Heralds of Spring

“Men will travel to the Nile to see the lotus flower, who have never seen in their glory the lotuses of their native streams.” - Thoreau


Saturday, May 7, 2011

One Lane Road Ahead

Not everything in life makes sense....

Friday, May 6, 2011


I am often asked 'what got you interested in kayaking?'. 
Well, there's the obvious - water, solitude with nature, physical challenge...but, there's also the not-so-obvious: 
bright colors and sparkle!....perhaps, I should have been a parakeet...


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Evening Light

Here's My New Boat - Nemo (being taken out for a test-drive by another paddler).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Story County Conservation Spring Festival

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the Universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction. --  Rachel Carson

High Trestle Bridge

Woodward Bike Trail
High Trestle Bridge - it has beautiful blue lights that reflect off the water at night....