You never outgrow summer camp. Not if you’re an ACA member, anyway. Just a one-hour drive from the concrete jungle of New York City puts you in something close to the real thing—spiders, poison ivy and all. Ahhh, the American Canoe Association camp at Lake Sebago in Harriman State Park! Meeting place of paddlers of all stripes, from budding canoeists to Olympic racing champions. Local paddling clubs maintain rustic cabins here so that club members (and their boats) can come on up to practice and “hang.”
This is where sky meets water. And weekdays (finally!) meet weekends.
We meet lots of new people here. Like baby Juniper, who has already obtained her ACA membership number. (Remember her kayak-coach parents, Kam and Gwen, from last summer’s pre-Juniper rolling class?) And of course, we run into old friends all over the place.
At ACA summer camp, slow meets fast….
…and traditional meets hi-tech.
Flying bugs meet their doom…
…and in the late afternoon sky, summer clouds and swifts gather.
ACA camp is a great place to try new things. Here, Alex tests a surfski…
…while Juniper gums a new PFD before launching on her very first paddle.
More photos from our day with YPRC (Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club) friends at ACA camp. Click on first pic for slideshow.
This week’s photo challenge is Summer Lovin’. And there’s nothing we love more than warm, comfy water. It invites us to try all sorts of new things. Like, climbing out of our cockpits (wobble, wobble) and paddling from other areas of our kayaks! Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club members put our equilibrioception to the test on Saturday at Lake Sebago/ACA Camp, with help from our vision, proprioception, vestibular systems—and coaches Kam and Gwen. (Click on white arrow to start video; scroll for photo gallery.)
Click on first photo—with luck, you get a slideshow 🙂
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is simplicity. Here’s what that looked like on Saturday afternoon at the ACA camp at Lake Sebago (click to begin videos):
Meet ACA instructor and mermaid, Gwen, and husband/fellow instructor/merman Kam. These two make kayak rolling (a self-rescue technique) look easy-peasy! There are dozens of variations (i.e, Greenland rolls), all with decidedly un-simple names like assammik nerfallaallugu and avataq isserflup taqqaanut qaanap psinarsuanut qilerullugu (we are not making this up!). The former means “using the hand lying on one’s back” and the latter, “with a hunting float tied to the deckline at the isserfik (!) at the side of the kayak.”
Jean swears ALL these names are ONOMATOPOEIC because that’s pretty much what comes out when she gives it a whirl… “Isserflup aaaack-ack ptuiii!”
In this video, Gwen and Kam show how simple it truly is… It helps to be flexible, coordinated, and Gwen and Kam.