Finally Feels Like Summer

We hit the water to go paddling yesterday, and it finally felt like summer as sweat rolled down my back, and the sun stung my shoulders. Paddling Ole Redd on Cedar Creek.

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The water rolled fast, after all weve had a lot of rain, and it was the first time in a long time I found I really had to work to control the canoe. Never mind that my husband sits in the back relaxing and not working much at it at all, and the 5 year old leans over the side splashing the water.

Crowds of people were out enough where I swear we could have all linked up and reached from one end of Double Trouble Park to the other. I know its wrong but I wish no one to be out when we go, the inexperience of so many blocking up the turns, and making us have to fight back rushing into them as we approach, or the beer drinking good timers who think they own the place.

I just want to creep along slowly taking in the breeze, and the scent of Water Lilies so heavy in the air. I want to enjoy the sun and the lush greenery that’s so grow over the creek this time of year that in some places it falls like curtains.

I added a lil funny to Ole Redd since out last time…

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I guess if nothing else its funny to me, I do after all “get the joke”.

So love that at the end I ran in to an old friend as well, so funny to think she was just behind us the whole time paddling.

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Regards!

Ole Redd

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Ole Redd is my 40 plus year old, fiber glass and wood canoe. I proudly brought home nearly 10 years ago, from the last day of a moving sale I happened to come across by chance, or maybe it was fate.

I grew up on dirt roads, barefooted, swimming in creeks and lakes that are tucked in among the Jersey Pine Barrens. To poor for cable and wtf were video games? I hadn’t a clue (I don’t think we even had a tv till in was 8 or 9?), even in the late 70s and early 80’s, of course no ac, and well its just what you did when I was a kid. Other than the drive in, the woods and creeks were the summertime thing, you asked to go, you begged!

Im 39 (just this month), incase you were wondering lol

And Ole Redd here is one of my finest treasures.

Heavy as hell he is, sun faded and wearing a small patch,

he carries my littlest son, husband and I down Cedar Creek nearly every weekend. Even in the earliest months when winter chooses to take a day off and out of no where its sunny and 70 out in March!

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From time to time we have traveled other lakes and creeks, rivers and streams but Cedar Creek is “home” only minutes from our house we can jump in along the creek in various spots, and pull out in just as many different places, a trip can run 2 hours or 6 if we so choose.

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Out at the Lake (Lake Oswego Penn Sate Forest NJ)

is a second favorite place we haul Ole Redd with us.

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I wish everyday was a day I could go paddling.

People always tell us to get rid of the canoe for a Kayak but

Ill never be a Kayak Person, its like Apples and Oranges to me. The same but different.

And I’m set in my ways.

Rain or Shine we’ll hit the water. Its more than a hobby, its good for the soul.

The view, the smells, the sounds, renew me. They Inspire me.

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I just started to make a stainless steel Charm bangle set for myself (and a few for my etsy store).

I can not wait to add this to the bunch of bangles Ive made for myself,

so many I sound like wind chimes when wearing them all!

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Regards!