Del Rio, Texas
For a day that started off really bad and got worse, it finished very well.
The first thing this morning a migraine headache hit me. That pretty much stops everything until my head gets better. After a good bit of rest, I was able to get laundry done. But nothing else seemed likely to happen.
An email friend in Mexico emailed me that some friends of his would be kayaking this evening and they would like to me come visit with them. While waiting on them another migraine hit me. They were not there at the time expected so I went home to get some legal dope to help with the pain. My balance was too bad to plan on any boat time for me. When I got back to the launch spot the folks were there. Now let me tell you these are some really nice folks. It made my whole day worth while to get to meet these nice folks. A great big thank you to my Mexico friend for getting me to know these new folks.
As I drove up I saw two folks out in kayaks and a few more sitting near the vehicles. Before we go any further, I need to apologize for forgetting the ladies names. It is a miracle that I remember the fellows names. Sometimes senility is embarrassing, but it is what I have to work with. In the first picture is two very nice ladies who were fun to talk and joke with.
The next picture has Joe, Homero, his wife, and Raymond left to right. Again very fantastic folks to get to know. Again I regret that the ladies names have slipped my pea sized brain.
We had a great time visiting for over two hours. My attempt at paddling was difficult as the migraine had my balance very off and that is not good in an responsive kayak, so I was back out of the boat quickly. Every one that paddled seemed to do well, especially when I found out this was only the second or third time out and no one had ever had instructions. A significant effort was put into preliminary instructions for the folks who seemed to like getting good information.
One very important critical to me event happened. They had a first class sot in the 12 feet length. I had been wondering if I could lift one well enough to get it on top of the truck. The answer is NO NO NO. If I had a bigger yak, the truck canopy would have to have a rear set of racks put on it so I could put one end of a yak up on the truck at a time. Even then I am not certain my shoulder joints could handle it easily. The MINI-X seems to be what I can handle so I need to quit messing around and just enjoy it.
As good times came to a close, warm goodbyes were expressed between me and all the very nice folks. The evening closed with a peaceful sunset and pleasant memories of a day gone good. With a little luck this will not be the last time I get to visit with these wonderful folks.
This is the kind of finish on a day that makes you want to come back again and try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.