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Kayaking: the highlight reel

by Rob Friesel

A. & I hit Wrightsville Reservoir today. I think this was our third time paddling there but the first time we managed to find our way down to the waterfall…:

Kayaking #2869 (foot!)Orange and Blue
Lonely TreesShallow
Reservoir FallsBuddha of the Branch?

See the whole set in my Flickr stream… Honorary mentions that didn’t make the highlight reel: my pseudo-panoramic of the falls and our “vessel inspection” badge, which carries with it the following story:

Right as we were getting ready to leave the Reservoir, a bunch of State Police (Parks & Rec?) show up. As we finish securing the kayaks to the roof, one of the officers strolls over. I’m 99% certain that what he said was: “Would you like a free safety inspection?” And seeing as how we were leaving and hungry for lunch I politely declined: “No thanks, we’re all set.” Without missing a beat, he replies: “Well you’re going to get one anyway.”

Fortunately for us, all we needed to do was prove that we had a PFD each. (No problems there…) We were rewarded with these stickers which are like get-out-of-jail-free cards for our kayaks for 2006.

Of course, my first thought was: “I should get one for my record crate, too!”

Now, time for lemonade and packin’…

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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