Paddled thirty miles today in intense heat. There is an obvious lack of the "Normal" conditions that I was able to enjoy the last couple times I paddled this section. There is water everywhere. Mosquitoes love it. But I am now safely tucked away in my tent.
The fast waters brought us here quickly, which is a good thing. Several vehicles and others in golf carts have stopped by, largely because my story aired on TV in this area the night before.
With this BLOG decided to release the second of a series of phrases: You know you have been on the river too long when, (true happening):
1. When you realize that all mosquitoes have the same first name.
2. When you can no longer smell your paddle partner's body odor.
3. When you think paddling over the dam is a good idea.
4. When the island ahead of you looked like it was sliding off to the right.
5. When you look 360 on a Saturday in June, with 20 knot winds and find that yours is the only boat on the Lake.
6. When lying on the ground you awake from a nap, reach out to stretch, accidently touch a fellow partners leg and think it is the dog.
7. When a large log rises from the Muddy waters and you think it is the Loch Ness Monster.
8. When you stop paddling to go # 1…and realize that SPOT has revealed your location.
9. When your air mattress looks pregnant.
10. When you resort to using a floating cottonwood tree as a playground.
11. When your own clothing items smell so bad that you can't stand them.
12. When you eat natural foods found along the river to supplement food supply.
13. When you see a small slice of sunshine until it is eaten by clouds.
14. When you can't wait to zip down.
15. When you try and paddled from under an approaching storm.
16. This one is not true but we have joked about it several time --- When you see an empty barge and think it is loaded with dehydrated water.
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.