Monday, August 9, 2010

Sailing with Riverside Adventure Company

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My first summer as a Boy Scout, I took swimming class where I had to do some pretty ridiculous things (like make a flotation device out of blue jeans and retrieve a brick from the bottom of the deep end of the pool), but I learned to swim. To earn that merit badge and know that next year I could come in and pass my swimming test opened a whole world. Canoeing, rowing, powerboating, sailing, kayaking - all these things were waiting for me next year. The next year we went to a different camp and they didn't offer sailing. I missed my chance. If I'd learned to swim better before camp I could've taken sailing in a picturesque pond where a handful of Optis waited patiently, tied to the docks. Sure, the new camp was bigger and offered more classes, but they didn't have sailing and their lake was mosquitoey; I wanted to learn to sail on that little pond in the hills. After Boy Scouts I never really had the opportunity to go sailing, until a couple of weeks ago when I went as part of my Adventure Blog series for Bald Head Island Limited. Harper Peterson and his crew at Riverside Adventure Company took me out for the morning and showed me the ropes. It was fun and I didn't get seasick and I'd like to try it again sometime. Read about the adventure here. Enjoy.

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Oh, and I gave myself this as a reward for the day since I didn't get one the first time around:

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