Jean achieves rolling zen and facial zinc.
As advertised, a new day. With warm mid-70s temps, mild wind and a bright sunny attitude: become one with the sweep roll. (Make that two—you do want to get both sides.) Today, PFD-less Jean “found her float” and “became one with the paddle” (i.e., upon capsizing, she squared her shoulders to the water, looked at the sky, engaged her waterside leg while dropping her head back, then “swept” the paddle blade firmly but lightly as if flinging a Frisbee, and used her core muscles to slide onto the now-upturned back deck. 20 times both sides. Omm.)
Here are a few of today’s moments of Southern zen, including Jean’s sweep roll, plus sights and sounds of Tybee:
Tomorrow’s goal—rolling with an un-extended paddle and an element of surprise (i.e., “finding the set-up position”). And “finding a cold one” to enjoy on this here porch. Goodnight, y’all! :)
Alex likes to say, “Life is non-linear.” And guess what? Learning to roll is no exception. Just because you had success on both sides yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll simply pick up where you left off today. You might start overthinking your pivot hand, which can make you forget you even have legs that should be driving the kayak upright, and where should my [name of body part here] be now? thoughts come flooding in with the tide.
No worries—just review the basics. A lot. See the two video clips below, featuring Cheri and Turner and lots of Tybee sand:
So….Jean’s to-do list for tomorrow: 1) “find her float,” sans lifejacket, 2) keep her pivot hand on her pivot shoulder instead of pushing the paddle away or down or who-knows-where, and 3) scull for support. Tonight’s to-do, however: Remember that “tomorrow is another day.” (Pictures below from this evening, Thursday 10/16, Tybee Island, GA).
The other day, Jean tossed her kayak on top of the good ol’ Subaru and drove 840 miles to paddle none. That’s right—from New York to Tybee, Georgia, to spend five consecutive days rolling at the 2014 Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium. She’s in expert hands: Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson of international Greenland-rolling fame! Assuming all goes as planned (i.e., Jean keeps breathing warm Georgia air vs. warm Tybee water), you can expect a nightly update on her progress. Below, the adventures of Day One :)
Learning the standard layback “sweep” began with no boat at all. Here, Jean emulates Cheri’s arched back/dropped head/raised hip position but looks like an ex-citizen of ancient Pompeii.
Cheri demonstrates the progression. After “capsizing,” she “finds the float” (shoulders square to the water, as if floating on your back in a swimming pool; paddle parallel to your shoulders and the water surface.)
Roll the hips (your boat will tilt partway up)
Engage your core muscles (abs) to slide your torso onto the back deck of your kayak.
Next, add a boat—but hold the water.
Here’s what it looks like on water:
Our turn! Jean and new pal Dee give it a whirl. Er, roll.
See you tomorrow!
Top Ten Signs You Might Be A Geek:
10. You have geeky friends. With cool jobs, like “toy inventor.” And they invite you to join them at the New York Maker Faire, “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new… an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors—‘makers’ who come to show what they’ve made and share what they’ve learned” at the old NY World’s Fair grounds in Queens.
7. You wear your heart on your geeky chest—from birth, on.
9. You go.
8. This video fills you with awe.
6. You make prosthetics. For ducks. With your 3D printer, of course!
5. You know people who say, “Well, it ain’t rocket science. This is hard!”
4. Who cares that you missed Woodstock? Missing this makes you cry!
3. You fantasize about flying a drone around your apartment (‘til your significant other shoots that stupid idea down).
2. This photo makes you feel kinda nostalgic…
1. You read this blog! Here’s to this week’s Photo Challenge: Signs. And to Gary and Ivy, who introduced us to the NY Maker Faire and the whole Maker Movement. More pics of the day, here:
This way to crazytown!
Not every geek wore legible clothing…
Girls heart robots too
Super fine 3D printing
Gary admires 3D details
Ben Franklin would’ve love 3D printing
Helicopter your Go-Pro
A 3D-printed car!
Guess he’ll never hop a turnstile
Lifesize “Mousetrap” game
Alex in candy store
David Scribbley, robot artist
Blast off! An air rocket begins its journey to someone’s head
A very young rocket scientist
“Color showing up in spots here,” writes our photographer/kayaker/eagle-stalking friend Michael, in Albany. “Hit paydirt today in the central Adirondacks!”
Yep, we’d say so. All photos courtesy of the bountiful talent and generosity of Mr. Kalin, today’s guest blogger. Here are a few of Michael’s photos from his recent paddle on Indian Lake. Check out his earlier (amazing!) 2G3K post featuring his favorite eagle family in Hudson River Islands State Park.
MK 10/4: “The first is the launch site when I arrived, bathed in fall hues—this is legit, no faux colors! That’s Snowy in the background, under clouds, which clung to the mountain most of the time. Friday’s shot was one of the few moments when the dome was not clouded over.”
MK 10/4: “Both photos show exposed sandy/rocky features that are usually under water. Although a natural lake, the level was raised by damming many decades ago, drawn down in fall to allow capacity for next spring’s melt. Don’t know how close this elevation is to the historical pre-dammed lake, but it certainly makes for friendly paddling. So many beachy areas for taking out on a whim, so many rock formations to explore!”
This week’s photo challenge is Nighttime. Which reminds us of an earlier, self-imposed challenge: Getting Up in the Middle of the &^*#@! Nighttime to Go Paddle. Photos here are from weekdays in July and August, when we woke at 4 to launch by 5, as prep for the L2L .
Geekily speaking, they’re not so much “Nighttime” as they are “Nautical Twilighttime”—when the center of the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon, and only general or vague outlines of objects (like HHYC docks) are visible. Still, there’s enough light to see the horizon, and even if there’s no moon, mariners can navigate reliably by stars…hence the name.
Nautical twilight gives way to civil twilight—i.e., when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon and there’s enough light to see (and do) stuff without artificial illumination. Plus, it’s pretty.
Eventually, the sun rose and brought with it our darkest hour: Going back to work. :)
It’s one of the most iconic and enduring symbols in Queens—the 12-story, stainless steel Unisphere, funded and built by U.S. Steel for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. “Peace Through Understanding” was the Fair’s theme back then… Let’s all hope that idea is still with us. (What do you think?)
Despite all the techie wonders of last weekend’s Maker Faire, the old Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is what blew Jean away. (No, those “Fountains of the Fairs” aren’t why it’s called Flushing.)
Great flocks of birds continually orbit the Unisphere.
Kids frolic on one of the last warm afternoons of the year. (Video below.) If “Peace Through Understanding” is a long time coming, at least we’ve found “Peace Through Playing in Water.” L’shanah tovah.