This summer is turning into The Summer of Camping. Yeah, I can’t believe it myself. My gal pal, sk, is actually coming up with ideas for activities we can both do while we are out enjoying Mother Nature. Her latest idea: boating. To be more precise, buying an inflatable beach boat on sale just so we can get an idea if we like boating or not.
Did I mention I don’t know how to swim. . . or that I failed swimming classes as a child? What do you expect from someone who grew up in the middle of corn fields? When sk first ran the idea of paddling a boat on open water past me, my immediate response was a clear “no.” Then, I started thinking; no time like the present to get over my uncomfortableness (I refuse to use the word phobia.) with water and besides this is something I’ve secretly wanted to do for as long as I can remember.
So, that’s how we found ourselves in Canadian Tire, inquiring about an inflatable boat and paddles. I left sk to ponder those things while I took the very patient and knowledgeable employee aside to discuss the item I mostly needed, a life jacket. As she took me over to that section of the store, we passed a whole line of nothing but jackets all hanging there in bright colors.
Store employee: What kind of life jacket are you interested in today?
Me: What kind? The kind that’s gonna keep me alive.
Male customer overhearing conversation: Hahaha, snort snort
All joking aside, we survived our outing and are looking forward to boating again in the very near future. Sk is already to try kayaking. I’m not sure about that, our little boat is pretty comfortable and not likely to overturn, which is a big bonus in my book.
Below are some pictures of our trip, all approved by sk. Cheers.