I was supposed to go wheeling again this weekend but had to pass due to some rotted spots on my Jeep's frame (thank you NS corrosive atmosphere
), and instead decided to go kayaking. My buddy Frank decided we also needed to bring along the snorkeling gear so we could go, and insisted the water was warm enough- I doubted this, but apparently he was swimming last week and the water was fine. I also just got a fishing license and a cheap rod/reel, so I decided to harass some fish too.
All went well enough with me happily paddling along, dragging a lure in the water far too fast for any fish to grab it when I got the urge to try out my snorkel and fins. Bad idea- the water was so freakin cold I think I came out faster than I went in! Of course I jumped into the middle of the lake off my kayak, so I had to climb back up onto the kayak, something that is not and easy feat, but I managed it. As I was lying on the deck trying to recover a bit the sun warmed me up a bit and I decided that my earlier attempt was just shock, and that the water wasn't really that cold, so I decided to give it another shot. Talk about bad ideas.... in the five minutes between dives it surprisingly hadn't warmed up any- in fact, it was so cold that I started hyperventilating and had trouble pulling myself out of the water the second time, but I eventually made it. After a total of about five minutes in the water, my toes were actually blue.
That seems pretty dumb, right? Well, Frank wasn't going to let me one up him, so he dicided he was going to dive in as well, despite me strongly suggesting he not do it. Well, he did, and like me, he couldn't get out fast enough, and he grabbed the opposite side of his kayak to pull himself up onto it, but he misjudged and pulled himself right over and fell in on the opposite side! I was laughing my arse off as he pulled himself out, and thankfully he caught the whole thing on his GoPro, so we relived it when we got back to my place. If he uploads it to YouTube I'll be sure to post it here....
Once we'd gotten back to shore and loaded the boats onto my Jeep (still driveable, but I didn't want to take chances off road) and started to drive home, my boss passed us going the other way in his brand new 4 door Jeep wit hthe top down and the doors off, so we stopped and chatted with him for a while until the bugs started eating us alive and we moved on. He invited us over for a drink afterwards, but Frank had dinner plans so he left, and I came home, had a shower, collected my wife and went over to my boss' place where we had a few drinks, pizza and a cigar, and now I am home and completely exhausted.
Been a long and fun day, and I'm surprised I have managed to stay awake long enough to type all of this!