It has been a long time since Cedar (our cedar strip canoe) has touched the water. Now dry docked in our back garden due to the loss of our front caravan tent she hasn’t seen much action this summer.
I just finished reading The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl. A Minnesota writer. Her book talks about the art of people who have wasted time in solitude then produced some wonderful work from their inner reflections. I realized that I have wasted some time recently in my own way, instead of locking myself in a castle tower I travelled to our seasonal campground and launched myself onto the waters surrounding De Kaag. As far as producing wonderful worldly works… well let’s just say I am still searching to improve.
I woke up early to have the hubby drive me to Rijpwetering. From there I rode my bike the last three kilometers to the campsite. I could celebrate some time on the water as the summer solstice approaches.
This last weekend was absolutely gorgeous here in The Netherlands! A full weekend of sun, warm temperatures and camping. We couldn’t ask for much better.
I wasn’t sure that we were going to paddle very far. In my mind, I wanted our first canoe paddle of the year to be more than just hitting the water. I was determined to do my best and if my back acted up we could always turn back to the camping.
By the end of the day, we experienced a sunrise and and sunset from our Cedar beauty on the lake.
Last Monday, before my back decided to put me out of commission, I biked to our camping via train ride to Leiden then I did a short 3 km kayak paddle in the canals around the Spijkerboor Camping.
In less than two weeks I have now paddled in both countries; the United States (Minnesota) and The Netherlands.