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Paddling in Arkansas

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Some of the most critical boxes have been unpacked, I have a functional kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. My living room is my gym. I haven't really tackled the tv room or the office yet. And there are of course still boxes in all of those rooms (and the garage) that I haven't unpacked yet.

One of the challenges is that the rental house here is about 2/3 the size of my house in NY and even though I got rid of a lot before I came I'm still having trouble shoehorning my things into this place. I have a new "donate" pile and it is growing.

Another is that I work full time so I have to squeeze unpacking into my day in addition to working and exercising, mowing the lawn and shopping, etc. etc. Everything takes longer in a new town because it takes time to find out where things are, etc. Even if it's just navigating a new Walmart, LOL

I took a break from the unpacking to kayak yesterday.

Some mutual acquaintances of VALERIEMAHA suggested signing up for a guided kayak paddle at a local nature preserve because they were going. Here's the flyer about it:

The paddle was only 1.5 miles but it was neat to see cypress trees up close, Prothonotary Warblers, a soft-shelled turtle swimming, and other things I haven't paddled near in NY.

Here's a map of our route:

Afterwards the facility manager for the Education Center showed me the tiny numbered rings she uses for banding hummingbirds.

They have a popular program that lets the public help and learn. Apparently June and July are already filled up. I'll call on Tuesday to find out if there's space in the August one.

Today after church I plan on meeting some cyclists in Little Rock to bike about 15-20 miles along the Rivertrail.

I had hoped to white water kayak at a playspot today, but it's 3 hours from here and I couldn't find anyone online who said they would be there. It wouldn't really be safe to paddle solo on an unfamiliar feature, and if I'm going to drive that far, I want to KNOW I'm kayaking. So that will have to wait for another weekend. :-(

Speaking of lawn mowing I brought my reel mower with me.

The yard with the rental house is small and it's very flat (everywhere is flat here in the Arkansas Delta), so it only takes me about 15 min to do the front and 15 the back. I get more exercise when mowing, it takes up less space, it's quiet, I don't have to buy gas, and it's fun. I've always enjoyed mowing with these. We had one when I was growing up. The trick is to get them sharpened and adjusted when necessary, and spraying with WD-40 after mowing to keep them from rusting.
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