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My first kayak?!
Today, I’ve got an announcement to make. I’ve just bought…wait for it…my first kayak! I never thought I’d say that, but here we are! Living here in Port Kent has been absolutely inspiring as far as my love of water. I’ve swum more in the past year than probably the rest of my life, and I can’t tell you how much I love being a 10 minute walk from a beautiful lake.
Anyway, for the past month or so, I’d been watching kayakers go by, heading out to the islands in the middle of the lake (there are camps, and some really cool historical lighthouses out there, apparently. I've been reading about all the places you can go here: http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/champlain/ ). One day, I bit the bullet and rented a kayak from the stand here in town, and drove down to the lake. It was expensive as all get out, but I have to say that I was giggling from about the first minute. I guess I was used to my parents’ clunky canoe, so that might explain my surprise, but I was completely shocked by how darn easy it was to move! I like to get outside, but I’m not exactly ripped, so it was honestly really heartening to find out that I could actually kayak without dying of exhaustion (just as a quick note, I was sore as hell the next day. But still.). I rented again the next day, and then thought to myself, there’s no way this isn’t gonna turn into a thing. And I’m spending money up the wazoo to rent a kayak, so I should just buy one.
I’ve never touched a kayak until this year, so I really didn’t have anywhere to start. Plus, when I googled the brand they had at the rental place, they were super expensive, and hard to find. Finally I found A SITE that had loads of reviews for all sorts of kayaks (as in, literally ANY type of kayaks. Check out bestkayaks.reviews, and if you want to be amazed at some of the stuff that’s out there, catch a look at http://bestkayaks.reviews/top-rated-inflatable), and there were some that I figured I could make work given my big tax credit this year (thanks, Uncle Sam!). So, as of today, actually, I officially own my first kayak! Yay! I’m totally bummed that it’s raining today, but I’m refusing to accept that as an omen, and I’m gonna get out on the lake tomorrow early in the morning. I’m so excited. I can do this whenever. I. want. Holy shit!
Can’t wait to hit the lake! If you guys have any tips, let me know!
My DIY/Crafting Projects This Summer:
Hope you’re all well! Today, I just wanted to share a few of the projects I’m assigning myself over this summer. I’m pretty new to creating anything, let alone useful things, but since this is my first long-term house rental, I decided to choose a few decidedly domestic things.
First up is a denim tote bag. I just love these, and I had a bunch of jeans left over from college that I always mean to donate and never get around to dealing with. I figure I’ll slice them up, and make a sturdy bag out of them, which will look super cool and vintage. I’m not gonna lie, I’m super excited about this one. I’ve been googling ideas, and there are so many cool bags people made online that I’m very encouraged. Now, I should say I’ve never sewed before, but my grandma gave me her sewing machine this past winter, and I really want to make her proud. She fixed absolutely everything when we were kids, and I always had great quilts and potholders and that sort of thing. So, this’ll be a fun project, and plenty of opportunities for bonding when I run into trouble!
Second on the list is basket-making. Maybe this is super obscure, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to get into, and it seems like a great project to get my kids working on at school! So, last week, I ordered a lot of reeds on Amazon, and now I’m waiting for them to come in the mail. I think I got enough for two baskets, but that totally depends with how many I mess up. I’ll keep you posted! In any case, I’m super excited to have wicker around my house. Plus, when people tell me how great it looks, I can give myself compliments! ;)
I’m sure I’ll find other projects along the way, since I’m so bad at staying focused and not spreading myself too thin. These two are where I’m gonna start, and we’ll see how it goes. If anyone has any experience with needlework, salvaging, or basketmaking, let me know! I’d also love to hear what you all are planning for summer projects!
Summer Travel Plans:
Just a quick post today, but I’m super excited and wanted to share this. I just booked my first official vacation as a professional teacher! Yay!
The destination this year: Quebec City! I’ve been going up to Montreal a lot over the past year that I’ve lived here in NY, and everyone always says I’ll love Quebec City. Well, looking at pictures, it was hard to argue!
Here’s my plan, as far as it goes at this point. I’ve got an AMAZING Air BnB for the week, right in the old city! I was blown away by how much more affordable it was than the hotels around, which are all pretty fancy. I’m going to plan lots of day trips, all within walking distance. I may try to get outside the city to see the big falls on the river, but that’s up in the air at this point.
On my destination list so far, is this chocolate maker, and a bakery right downstairs from my flat. I’m adding daily, and it’s getting a bit obscene. SO EXCITING.
Let me know if you’ve been before, and if you have any travel tips!