Welcome back to Earth, Ashley! I have been going about enjoying my summer and missing this little blog of mine! I never felt like I had time to sit down and write about what was going on and what I have been doing and such. If I ever get a free moment, I feel like I need to be doing something productive, like cleaning... yuck! I would rather by blogging, believe me but the messy house says different!
I have been trying to take a bit of my free time for myself though! Way back at the beginning of July (that feels like so long ago, where has summer gone?!) I really wanted to try out SUPing. Stand-up Paddle boarding has been one of those things that I thought was so cool and I really wanted to do but never thought I could. So I bit the bullet and went to rent one when NPG and I were vacationing in the Outer Banks.
We took the rental paddle board back to where we were staying and played around in the canal a bit. It felt like it took me a good 5 minutes to stand up. I tried doing like the girl said by getting into downard dog and just getting a good feeling of how the board moves under you. I must have looked like an idiot with my butt stuck up in the air screaming how it was wobbling too much! I hope it wasn't as bad as I imagined it looking from anybody who might have caught a glance. Eventually I got up and moving and I had such a good time!
I took it out a few times while we were down there. NPG even took it for a spin once, though he had a little too much confidence trying it out for the first time and tried just stepping from the dock onto the board. He got a refreshing dip in the water before he got on the board for good. He got back on with a little more caution the second attempt and finally got to paddling.
But basically after attempting it I knew I wanted one! So I set out on the hunt to buy one. I didn't want to spend an outrageous amount of money on an every so often weekend adventure board. But when we went to Myrtle Beach for my birthday I visited a few board shops and almost lost hope until we visited an upscale "Wings" type of place and they had one that met the specs I wanted and was well within my price range! So I bought it as a birthday present to myself.
PS getting this thing home from Myrtle Beach was very fun... except not really...
I went out the first weekend I had free. NPG took me to a boat ramp about half a mile from our house and I paddled about a half a mile but it was so hot I was dripping with sweat by the time I got half way out. I had so much fun but I hurt my wrist in the process. I let it heal during the week and then went out this past weekend with one of my girl friends.
She has a kayak so she met me and we went out together. It is so much more fun when you have somebody to paddle with! We went to try to explore some man-made islands from where they dug up dirt to build up for I-95 but unfortunately the tide was way out and we couldn't make it into the area too far. We also feared snakes a little bit as well as alligators. We weren't sure if they are in Virginia but decided it was best not to look that up until after we got safely back on dry land. (We did look it up and they haven't made it up into Virginia yet) We ended up staying out on the water about 2 hours just paddling a little and talking. I think we probably paddled a little over a mile. It was so much fun. I can't wait to go out again!
Paddling into where all the little islands started.
You can find me on the water from here until it's too cold to go out!