Kayaking Kicks

Wind off the Water

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

We’ve had almost a week of wind, some gusting as high as eighty kilometres an hour in the past few days. This mighty force has kept me off the water. I don’t mind riding waves, but when I can’t turn my kayak around, I know I shouldn’t be out there....

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Afternoon Tea on the Water

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Seldom do I head out in my kayak, without taking a thermos of tea and a snack with me. Usually the food is enclosed in a Ziploc bag and tucked inside a fanny pack that I wear in front for easy access. As it also holds other essentials like...

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First Kayak of 2017

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

April 7. The ice was off the river. The sun was fighting through veils of stratus. The temperature five centigrade, meant hitting the water was a must. When I’m writing I don’t cut into my day with other activities. However, the old aphorism ‘rules are made …’ tapped at...

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Kayaking St. Mary’s Reservoir, AB

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

The weather was iffy, rains showers for the next three days. I had a torn hamstring. My paddling partner was recovering from a back injury. To go or not to go? Based on past experiences of trusting you’d get the best conditions, if you took the risk, we decided...

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Paddling South Saskatchewan Lancer Ferry to Cabris Park

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

Filled with confidence by my successful trip from Riverhurst to Elbow on June 22, I decided to bite off another stretch of the river and paddle Eston Riverside Park to Cabris Regional Park (a calculated this distance as 54 kms). So early Monday morning Den drove me to Eston...

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And On To Elbow

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

A little overview: In 2013 I decided paddling to Elbow from Sask Landing was a worthwhile accomplishment, and set it as a goal. I managed two legs that year: Sask Landing to Beaver Flats; and Beaver Flats to Prairie View. In 2014 I paddled the stretch from Prairie View Park...

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Abort, Abort, Abort

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

Abort is plane speak for pulling a flight, and as my husband and I flew together for many years, this is the way I see pulling out of a kayaking trip last minute. I’ve had to do it three times already this spring. In late May three of us...

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Premiere Paddle

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Kayaking Kicks | 1 comment

May 2, the stars aligned. I finished writing my latest book in the morning, my husband wasn’t working, it wasn’t too windy, too cold, and nobody was sick. The temperature hovered around 12 degrees Celsius, so the layers went on, along with the sunscreen – oh that familiar smell....

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When it all Comes Together – Perfection

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Kayaking Kicks | 0 comments

Combine a warm Sunday afternoon, water as clear as a spring fed lake bed, autumn colors blazing along the shore, a winding river and light breeze, and you have paddling perfection. These elements came together on a piece of the South Saskatchewan River from Outlook north about twenty kilometres....

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Afternoon on Antelope Lake

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Kayaking Kicks | 2 comments

New water. How I love paddling a stretch of water for the first time, testing myself and my kayak. Antelope Lake lies about 22 km north of the Gull Lake intersection with #1 Hwy. I met Barbara, my best paddling bud there on September 18. She travelled from Calgary. I drove...

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