These days, the most common question I’ve been getting from colleagues and friends and a few strangers is: So, are you ready for your big trip up to Northwest Territories?
Well, it’s on my list.
And to be fair a lot important things don’t get done on my list. I run out of time. Or energy. Or a combination of both. Plus, I’ve been really busy getting work done so that I can actually take a holiday. Oh, and there were the birthday parties, and end of school events, and … (That’s a lot of excuses, I know. Even I don’t want to believe them.)
I did have grand plans to get very fit. In addition to being fit, I would also increase my upper body strength (which is close to that of a duck with a clipped wing) and get time out on the water to regain my comfort in the canoe. Out of all of these plans, I can say that I am more fit (not “very fit”). I walk regularly and can now run a 2k without any problem.
But. Well, here’s the thing … I have not stepped in a canoe yet. I did make an effort, I swear. It just didn’t pan out perfectly. Firstly, I tried to sign up for the training courses that the outfitter offers but they were fully booked-up at the start of the season.
From there, I tried to convince every possible person in my contact list to go on a white water canoe intro weekend with me (a partner is required to register) and the only person crazy enough to agree to this notion was my friend Kerry. (For your reading pleasure, she mentions the trip in this post.) But she couldn’t go on the June course because she was in the Dragon Boat races.
We are going though. But it’s this weekend. Yes, we leave for the trip on July 24th and this weekend is my training. I know it’s not much time. Cramming is my specialty though (just ask anyone who knew me in university). So let’s just hope it all works out okay and that Kerry and I don’t end up on the bottom of the river. Just kidding, we’ll be fine. They provide helmets and all. (So comforting, right?) The course is with Pure Life Adventures, and the photo at the top of this post is from the course we’re taking.
Right now, Kerry is probably reading this post and thinking: What? She hasn’t even been in a canoe this season and I’m supposed to go white water canoeing with her??
Don’t worry, Kerry. I’m going out canoeing after work tonight. See? Cramming. It’s a way of life.