Back to school is here, folks are making back to school purchases and I've decided to embrace the temporary seasonal slowdown at Margaret Vera. I understand the retail cycle and summer is notoriously slow for retail stores and their vendors. But yet I'm not "struggling". What is this assumption that when it's slow, things have to be a struggle? No struggling. Not here! I decided to embrace the slow, and go with the flow. Really.
I bought a kayak. Yes, a 9 ft Perception on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods and a carbon fiber rust proof paddle from REI. I lived on a canal in coastal Florida for three years between 2009-2011 and kayaked everyday. It wasn't a big deal. We moved to GA and I decided to sell my 14 ft sit on top ocean kayak and for the past six years, I haven't touched a kayak. Until this week.
We found a couple of spots to paddle in nearby, one being Stone Mountain Lake, the other being Lake Erin in Tucker, which turned out to be not so kayaker friendly. Stone Mountain is a slow, calm and serene paddle. The boat ramp area has ample shaded parking, clean and stocked port a potties and bathrooms nearby and a generally friendly atmosphere. I always bring water shoes, a small cooler with snacks and sparkling water and a couple of water bottles. During my kayaking excursions this week at Stone Mountain park, I have seen Great Blue Herons, turtles, Canadian Geese, ducks and even a Bald Eagle! There's an old grist mill and a great bridge to paddle under. On Wednesday, I decided to bring my pup Ozzy along. He has a doggie life jacket and I bring water for him. He basically fell asleep inside the kayak, which is absolutely normal.
Yesterday I headed over to Vinings to paddle with a friend who owns a canoe and we headed out for a day paddle on the Chattahoochee River from Johnsons Ferry to Paces Ferry. The water was high and there were very light rapids. It was about a two hour paddle and a freaking blast! We say Great Blue heron, leather back turtles (probably the largest I've ever seen), river otters, ducks and a hawk with a fish in it's clutch.
So today is Friday and after three days of paddling Georgia's waterways, I'm happily back to work. Happy summertime, friend!