Starting off my summer with a broken arm didn’t lend itself to lots of extracurricular activities, but I did manage to have some fun despite my bum arm.
In July, we took a day trip up to McCall, Idaho to canoe up the river. My arm still was healing, so I had to be careful with it, which meant I didn’t have to row. Yippeee!!! My husband and son rowed me while I sat in the middle like the Queen of Sheba. That was pretty nice. I could get used to having people row me around, although I would demand a more comfortable seat next time.
Wanting to please me (or terrify me, more likely) my son stood and pretended he was a Gondola driver. He made me quite nervous that he would tip our canoe and drown me since I was wedged under the bar…but thankfully we kept afloat on that trip.
One day, we took an afternoon off to float the Boise River here in town. We shuttled our cars to both points so one of us didn’t have to sit in the park and read for 3 hours…and then we jumped in our inflatable raft and floated downstream with dozens of others Boiseans.
Floating the river is peaceful and calm for the most part…although we did hit one tiny wave wrong that flipped me on top of my son and soaked us pretty good. We had to bail after that…and our raft started losing air. Maybe we didn’t tighten the valves enough after we pumped it up…I don’t know. All I know is that we limped into the end with hardly any air holding us up. The river isn’t too deep and we probably could have managed to get to shore if we had sunk, but luckily we didn’t have to find out. I wish I’d taken a picture, but of course, I wasn’t thinking about it until we had it folded up and thrown in the trunk.
This last weekend we camped at McCall again, but no Gondola rides this time…just a walk on the dock and a swim. The water was warm…the dock floated, and we picked enough huckleberries to make ice cream for Labor Day weekend. I wished we’d picked more, but for 20 minutes worth of picking, I was happy with our harvest. Yum! I love huckleberries.
The sinking and floating theme has carried into my writing as well. I know, I know…I’m taking forever getting this 3rd book done to finish the trilogy. I’ve felt like it has been sinking for a long time. But it is slowly gaining air and is almost floating now. I’m waiting for book cover ideas to form and polishing it some more and making sure the air valves are tight (edited well) so that it doesn’t lose air and sink once it’s published. That would be quite embarrassing.
What about you? Are you sinking or floating in your life right now?