Saturday, June 02, 2007

Morning Paddle

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Saturday morning! Calm smooth clear quiet waters. A kayak. A paddle. Me.

It was a perfect morning for kayaking. The waters on both sides of Hayne's Point were glassy. Hubby dropped me off on the marshy side. Today I chose to opt for less exercise & more tranquility. I found it! It was bliss.

I paddled slowly, mostly just floated, and observed the life along the reeds & grasslands of Hayne's Point Provincial Park.

The sounds were enchanting. The call of a redwinged black bird, my favourite of all. Different types of ducks quacking around their nests. Gulls squawking on the shore. Big yellow sucker fish flopping & tousling in the shallows, making the reeds go wild.

The water was clearer than I've ever seen it. I could see every stone, ever single thing sitting on the bottom. When I quit paddling I would watch for the fish. Sometimes they would spot me first and I would only know they were there by the cloud of mud swirling beneathe me. Sometimes they'd swim along right beside me & then notice me and panic. More clouds of mud everywhere. And even one big silly fish bonked the bottom of my boat and I laughed.

No clouds. No breeze.

I heard some sort of water bird making all sorts of noise in the reeds. I paddle by. Hmm, do birds & big fish fight? I don't know. I paddle around the bend where the water gets deep fast. I don't like it there. It drops off like a cliff into blackness & seaweed. I hate paddling through seaweed. I go back to the shallows & hear another racket in the reeds. I see two masked eyes looking at me. The biggest raccoon I've ever seen. Probably stealing eggs or baby birds. I don't like raccoons at all. Luckily, I appear bigger to him and he gallops off through the reeds, leaving the bird nests alone, at least for a little while.

I paddle. I float. I talk to God. I think deep thoughts. I think nothing at all. I paddle some more.


  1. Thanks for taking us along with you. I'm so happy that God has provided this for you--just suited for you...a lake and a Kayak.

    "Quading" is going to be a bit different. Roaring engines, dirt flying, bumps...hang on! But you're going to love that too!

  2. I am so happy to know there are giant racoons at H.P. Park - besides our demented squirrel friend... I too, am looking forward to a good paddle with you, my friend. God has provided another way we can share our friendship together, no? Have a wonderful weekend, my Becks. Safe weekend journey - and if you see Mom, say a nice hi from me too! Hi to L!

  3. What a wonderful way to do nothing and yet be doing everything that matters.

  4. Hey Becky, I felt like I was right there with you. What a beautiful morning... there's something about the tranquility of floating on the water that reaches the deep places of our soul. It brings us closer to our Maker...

  5. That looks so peaceful. Makes want to come vacation there. Wonderful post.

  6. I felt like I was there too; how peaceful. I love birds; shore birds, song birds, all of them.

    Thank you again for your Proverbs posts. htey have been wonderful daily devotions.


  7. Anonymous11:17 PM

    Ah sis, you make me long for the relaxing times of life, just have to stop all the work work work stuff and take some marvelous time to just enjoy, thanks for a little escape time with you, love you Mom