Archive for May, 2011

Half Time

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Three instructor workshops down and three to go for the spring/early summer. Through the Y we taught around 300 kids water safety during school fairs and one class. The Y’s kayak schedule is together and staff training starts this week. The first 8 weeks of the season are always busy and this year is keeping me in high gear.

This past weekend offered a welcomed breather with the Memorial Day holiday. No better place to go to than the Keweenaw Peninsula, where despite the holiday, saw only three groups out on the water. Of course the unstable weather pattern (read cold and wet) we are experiencing this spring may have had something to do with it. But that also had something to do with the magic. Fog, flocks of soaring raptors, thunder, rainbows and turkey buzzards flying through trees.

The launch and take out were at Bete Grise and was able to make it out to & around Manitou Island. Can’t complain when the early forecasts were calling for 15-20 knot winds that turned into 10-12 knots – speeds that provided a  margin in case conditions deteriorated. Click here to check out  photos from the trip.

Now its back to instructor workshops, staff training and the kickoff of the Y’s season.