Most of my paddling is with me, myself and I. Yesterday by chance I took the opportunity to join a group of paddlers who were doing a little jaunt that I had been thinking about. They were nice enough to let me tag along. They turned out to be a friendly group and for a change it was nice to be with a group. It made a nice day of paddling out of a day that didn’t get off to the start I expected.
Nothing throws a wet towel on plans more effectively than to get to your launch site and find it closed. That almost turned me around and headed back home, but I quickly hit the refresh button and headed for a launch site that I had pretty much written off for various reasons. One of those reasons was that I expected it to be a mess with too many people and boats, but it was still early and the mobs were just beginning to show up. I got a good parking spot with some advice from fellow paddlers and was looking forward to enjoying a gorgeous day.
Paddling with the group was very relaxed with a stop every couple of miles. I usually don’t stop at all, or maybe only after several hours of paddling. This slow pace was enjoyable, but when the others were done for the day, there was still enough time to get in some exercise. I took off and checked out a section of water that I had never explored before. So it was a great day to be on the water.