It rained yesterday bringing the rivers up, and today is going to be 50° and sunny in southern New England. I’d have my pick of rivers to run for the traditional New Year’s Day trip, but unfortunately I won’t be paddling today. My mother was admitted to the hospital last night (nothing life-threatening), my father is already in rehab, and I have a nasty cold. I guess if not paddling today is the worst of my problems, things are pretty good.
Fortunately, I did get out to paddle last weekend at my local park-and-play spot on the Blackstone River – about a half-mile of quickwater with a couple of easy surf waves. I paddle down and carted my boat back - not a bad way to spend the morning.
2018 wasn’t a bad year for me from a paddling perspective – 62 trips, including 2 great camping trips and 2 swims.
Looking forward to getting back at it in 2019 – just not today.
Happy New Year everyone.