Archive for June, 2009


It’s not kayaking…but a good runner up…


The drum spoke to my soul. If it hadn’t, the compression from the speakers in my truck would have forced my body into compliance. It was the beating of a heart and mine sped up to match it. The singer’s howl of primal rage and pain set me on fire with fight response. Every ancestor, […]

When there is no tide

Wednesday…I’ll have a whole day to kill…there will be white water out there…hmmm…cross-training…stories….gotta do it, a half day of river instruction. I look and find a place that appears to have quality staff so I send an email…nice folks but a week is a little short notice so they can’t do it…bummer…I was looking forward […]

PFD (pre-Father’s Day)

There is a sports program on television, Morgan is on her bucket and the sky again slate. Carl, out on a 2 day Guide course, has already called to check in and the boys have the SUP boards down at the landing with a buddy from the Vineyard. Sam is keeping half an eye on […]

Everybody’s doin’ it!! SUP!

My little sis came to visit the shop on Saturday after the WRWA River Run. The Run was awesome, and it was a georgeous day. A bunch of the OSKA crew were out paddling around on Standup paddle boards in the river right outside the shop. My sister is super cool, and super duper cute, […]


The train gently rocks and the sight of low tide flats in Salem is replaced by the West Branch at full tide. The world is green and gray, the air filled with the sound of the Osprey and the river boiling with fish. I inhale the scent of salt marsh as I paddle towards the […]


The glare was intense. It’s eyes bright green peering out of black fur. I felt like an intruder as the gaze pierced. The cat was on a rickety dock at the end of Turtle Flats hunkered down in that pose halfway between sit and sprawl. The sun was up and over the horizon but it […]

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