Sunday, February 27, 2005

Kayaking

Yesterday we decided to celebrate my father's birthday by eating yummy smoked fish and kayaking at Fort DeSoto park. We've given him a GPS locator for his canoe, and I added a rather scholarly book about moonshiners and shooting alligators.

Kayaking is a bit damp, but luckily I had the sort where you sit on top rather than inside the kayak with its sides coming up to your waist. However, both types have their limitations; a kayak where you sit on top has a higher center of gravity-- which means that it could tip over at any moment and you can get eaten by rabid alligators and water moccasins; a kayak where you sit inside has a slightly lower center of gravity-- which means that it could tip over at any moment, trapping you underwater until you drown; then you get eaten by rabid alligators and water moccasins.

We had a rather good time looking at red mangroves, black mangroves and white mangroves, but also saw mangroves, oyster beds, mangroves, fish and mangroves. A few herons and egrets were taking afternoon naps, so we would quietly paddle up to one and stare at it for a bit until it became very uncomfortable and flew off in a perturbed manner.

I drifted around for a while and had an engrossing conversation about toe fungus and water with my mother and brother; we've decided that the problem with water is just that it's so wet.

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I eventually left a bit early to attend a bachelorette party. I will post on that later.

3 Comments:

Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

Sounds like fun - happy birthday to your father!

Do gators get rabies? That's a scary thought.

Water is waaay too wet! We need some desperately here. Drought is no fun, especially for farmers.

2:58 PM  
Blogger the frog princess said...

tell your dad happy birthday from me too! also, tell him that he could go geocaching with that GPSr too. Much fun!!!

12:03 AM  
Blogger L said...

that geocaching... I'd never heard of it, but it sounds interesting!

9:35 PM  

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