Friday, July 20, 2007

Returning to My Past

Over the past week I've been in Chicago and Madison - where I lived most of the time during and after college from 1969-1989. I've visited old friends and old haunts of my earlier life.

It is interesting for me to see the feelings that come out, particularly in relation to areas of both pain and pleasure in my past and present. To see where I lived with my ex-wife when we were first together, to see how the cities have changed and not changed, to see some I'd not seen in 25 years - as we are gray and "aging" - is both sobering and satisfying.

To reflect upon the mistakes and joys of my earlier life is helpful. Tomorrow I will return to the Pacific Northwest and move back towards "normalcy".

I've enjoyed parts of what I've experienced. Parts of it have also been hard for me.


Friday, July 06, 2007

Kayaking on the Lake

Recently I bought an 11.5 foot long kayak. Finally on Tuesday I made it out on the lake nearest to our house on a fairly hot morning. Having never been in a kayak before I was initially tentative, not wanting to flip it over. I quickly saw that I should have brought a hat and gloves for my hands, but otherwise I was fine.

The kayak skimmed along and was easy to control. I try to be careful with the wakes of motor boats and similar, though as I get more comfortable and used to the water, the easier it gets.

It is relaxing and beautiful to move along the shore in my new boat. My arms and shoulders tire, but I can rest as I wish and move in my new world. In the boat I see a whole new view of land and water. Hopefully next week I'll get out for at least 4-5 hours and have more time to explore.