17 September 2006
Paddle by your refuge.
Yeah, I set the alarm and got up early on my day off.
Yep, loaded the boat and drove an hour and a half, one way.
It was all going really well, until I showed up at the registration desk. That's when it hit me. There were about four times as many people as I had expected, and it looked like a three ring circus in the staging area and launch site. I don't do well with crowds, and I started feeling really anxious. I stepped back, and then went for a walk around the park, trying to calm down, and to let the crush at the desk let up a bit.
Big water spooks me as well, and the wind kept building.
Paddling with strangers kinda scares me too.
I know, they are all just excuses, but I freaked out anyway. I kept telling myself, that these are my kinda people, but sometimes it is easier to just hide behind the camera.
At least the pictures turned out well.
No. I didn't go paddle.