Grab and Go

     Sometimes your best experiences are the ones that happen on the spur of the moment.  It seems like you can make plans far in advance only to have something else come up at the last minute.  Planning a day to go for a paddle can be like that especially if the wind doesn’t cooperate.  Sometimes it makes sense just to grab your gear and go.

     I know not everyone is as lucky as I am and can’t just head out into the wilderness on a whim.  But most people have somewhere they can go to spend time in the great outdoors even if it’s only for an hour.  I used to think I needed to have at least 3 hours to go paddling or fishing but now I realize even an hour on the water can benefit me greatly. 

     The other day, every day this month except for yesterday, was gorgeous outside.  I had the need to go for a paddle.  I also had to be in town so I got a kayak loaded onto my vehicle, grabbed my fishing pole and headed out a little early.  I stopped at one of the lakes along the Gunflint Trail that I had never been on(imagine that!) and went for a quick paddle around the lake.  It was absolutely awesome!  Back at the landing I took a quick dip, loaded the kayak and headed to town.

     I got to town late, but I’ll blame that on the road construction not the paddling or the loading of the kayak.  But what a wonderful thing to just grab my kayak and go.