Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A February boat ride


Leafless trees, evergreens, mountains and clouds. Breathtaking.

February and boats don’t generally mix up where I come from, unless you’re in an ice boat skimming over a frozen lake. I’m sure that’s fun, but when I’m in a boat I’d rather worry about sunscreen than frostbite.

Saturday morning, the sun bright in a blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, was perfect for a little boat exploration.

Let’s go mama!

The boat traveled under a few bridges and then up a creek, looking for the resident eagle. It was a beautiful day, and it turns out there was a fishing competition going on. We came across several father/son teams tucked in the backwaters of the lake. We slid by them as quietly as we could.

Spending time together.

The creek narrowed, and I moved to the front of the boat looking for the eagle. Katie kept a close eye on me from the other side of the wall.

Whatcha doing mama?

This was her second boat ride ever, but she wasn’t too concerned about the engine vibration or noise. She likes being outdoors, and she’s always up for an adventure.

The creek winds through beautiful country.

Eventually we were as far as we could go up the creek. We hadn’t found the eagle, but a bit further was a low waterfall making lovely splashing noises, and more fathers and sons were fishing from kayaks. We dropped anchor to listen to the water and enjoy a biscuit breakfast.

Water running over the rocks just up there made such nice background music.

Then we turned around and slid as quietly as we could back down the creek to the larger waters of the lake. The clouds were piling up in the blue sky.

Couldn’t have had a more perfect day!

Out in the open water Captain Carl throttled up and Katie and I enjoyed the wind in our hair.

Mama! We have the same stylist!

She’s a very brave little dog and enjoyed every bit of her boat ride adventure. I did too.

Can we do this again soon mama?

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “A February boat ride

  1. Those simple pleasures make the best memories

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  2. Despite not seeing the eagle, sounds nice. If it’s not windy, I often do winter paddles on my kayak. Of course, it’s hard to bring the dog along on the kayak 😉

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    • I’ve seen people who kayak with their dogs, depending on the size of the kayak. Mine is really small and I’d hate for her to decide to go overboard when the water is so cold. I don’t even know if she can swim. I suppose so, but she’d be so freaked. I still will probably go out (without her) in the kayak during this trip, if the air temp goes back up.

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  3. As I sit here considering the idea of getting out there to shovel the back porch, looking at your pictures makes me feel like I’m dreaming.

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  4. Dallas has never been on a boat! He thinks he might like to try one. I love the photo of Katie peeping over the wall! And how cool that you’re getting away from winter for a bit!


  5. All the pictures are great! I especially love the Katie eyes peeking over an edge. Glad you two girls are off on more adventures.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful outing. I love the photo of Katie peeking over.

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  7. so wonderful! Love that wind blowing!

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  8. The dog I had loved all of “our” boats from the inflatable Stearns kayak to the big 42′ 1939 cabin cruiser. As long as I was there, she was happy … just like Katie. I did have to watch her whenever a bunch of Geese swam by any boat she was on tho. She thought she would like to kill them, yikes, and more than once leaped into the air intending to jump in the water and go after them, double yikes. Thankfully, I always caught her in mid-leap. Katie seems to know she shouldn’t be doing that! ha! 🙂 Nothin’ like a little boat ride.

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    • Katie is the only dog of mine that has gotten to go on a boat. I was pleasantly surprised that she enjoyed it. I guess you’re right…wherever I am she is happy to be. So far she hasn’t paid much attention to any wildlife outside the boat…but if we were out there more often she might start doing that. I don’t think she’d jump overboard, but it’s a possibility. Mostly she was on my lap or next to me. We didn’t see much wildlife anyway!


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