Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I've Moved!

My blog, that is...

And until I can figure out how to move this URL over, you can find me at:!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Packraft 201: River Safety Skills - Yes Yes Yes!

Go. Go take a packrafting course. Right now.

I've been dabbling in packrafting since early summer this year. It's an awesome way to get around, whether on flat water or creeks and rivers.

While I consider myself one of the landlocked mermaids, in reality I am a weak swimmer and not comfortable on fast water. So, I took Packraft 201: River Safety (2 days) with Alaska Kayak Academy. If you're into packrafting and want to build your skills, or are a novice like me and need to get comfortable on water - this is it.

Firstly - it was an incredibly valuable course. We practiced strokes, capsizing, towing, throwing ropes, ferrying, making eddies (well, making it as in getting into one), identifying routes, pour overs, holes and swimming in rapids!! I walked away confident that I have a lot to work on and now I at least have the foundation of skills.

That leads me to the second part. It was fun. Rafting Willow Creek under beautiful blue skies, bouncing in water with salmon and bald eagles around... Badass. Our group shared a big dinner, beers and a fire until late that evening.

It was a full two days. We started around 9 AM Saturday with a safety video, eventually making our way to water and floating; I think I left the Valley around 8 PM Sunday evening. Phew!

So if you want to get into packrafting or you've dabbled and want to grow your skills - go through Alaska Kayak Academy. They offer 101 (intros), 201 and other assorted white water and sea paddling courses. Get yourself educated and prepared so that you can be safe and have fun.

Go! Go now! What are you waiting for?

Alaska Kayak Academy website
American Packrafting Association

Saturday, August 23, 2014

With friends in mind...

"What is one's personality, detached from that of the friends with whom fate happens to have linked one? I cannot think of myself apart from the influence of the two or three greatest friendships of my life, and any account of my own growth must be that of their stimulating and enlightening influence."
- Edith Wharton, A Backwards Glance