Back From Paddling

Yeah, I took a break from everything for two weeks and paddled the whole time in both the figurative and literal sense.

The funny thing is, after 2 weeks of generally letting my brain do other things besides thinking about blogging, computer scripts and most of all, work, is that when I finally did reconnect, I had nothing to write about. I’m pretty sure that means that my hiatus was a success. Clearing your mind of thoughts, or expanding the space between thoughts is the path to nirvana, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure it is, but maybe I’ll check with Buddha first.


So since my mind is completely blank, and a little shell-shocked from being submitted to a week of work already, here are a few pictures of what 90 degrees with demented humidity looked like on a river in Laurentian Quebec last week:

The water was pretty low at first

As stupidly humid as it was, I highly recommend hanging out on a river. Really.

It was 90 degrees and horrible. Horribly relaxing.

This duck was mostly harmless. I also saw a beaver, more ducks and an owl. I sound like I’m 12.

These guys were everywhere.

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  • wonderful pics and welcome back…er…bet the sun felt good on those toes, huh?

  • Um…excuse me, but who are you and what are you doing posting stuff on MY blog? πŸ™‚

    Welcome back!

  • Are those jeans you are wearing? 90 degrees and high humidity and you were wearing jeans? In the the direct sun?

  • Looks like you had some zen moments. Nice pics. I suppose you were too far south for loons (I love the sounds they make, well, except for the ones they make after dark – they’re strange and unnerving).

    Yes, welcome back!

  • “Expanding the space between thoughts.” Is that a euphemisms for being stupid? Because if it is, it’s totally okay, I’m happy that you’re back anyway, stupid or not.

  • Welcome back Sweetheart! I missed you! And ;your paddling looks awesome, but hot! I hope you got to get in the water to cool down. I love the photos. I just wish it had been between 67 and 72 degrees and partly cloudy for you.

  • Nonamedufus

    Looks like a great spot to get away from it all. I envy you.

  • It was great, but not as secluded as it looks. I was alone on the river, but there are quite a few houses on the banks. Still, it was the country, a river, and a canoe πŸ˜€

  • Thanks! It was hot, but I was being dramatic. On the river there were frequent breezes so it was quite comfortable. When I got to the lake, it was even better πŸ™‚

  • Stupid is a good way to be. Less people bug you with questions when you’re drooling.

  • Thanks double-O! I once saw a loon fly past the moon. I know, it rhymes. But when I was a kid I saw a huge bird fly slowly past a big full moon at dusk. It was so big and lumbering that it looked fake. It was definitely a loon.

  • Your blog…hahaha…

    Good to be back. Thanks for looking after things, but you forgot to pass the mop like I asked πŸ˜‰

  • Yes, but Honey, I can’t help but worry about that white skin in the sun
    for so long, Please use a sunscreen. You are not part Mexican,
    although in all other ways, you could be my son!

  • Oh, if you think the sun felt good, you can imagine how the water felt on them. At times the water was so low, I’d have to step out into the river and well, it was fantastic!

  • They are shorts. I just have very stout legs.

  • sounds like fun! glad you had a good time and welcome back =D

  • Thanks, Roschelle! Good to be back πŸ™‚

  • I hope you had a cooler of ice cold beer. It truly does look like Nirvana — not the rock group — because that wouldn’t have been very peaceful at all.

  • Any music would have shattered the peacefulness of the river. But you never know. That duck might be Kurt Cobain reincarnated.

  • Thanks, mom πŸ™‚ But not to worry. I used a lot of sunscreen and I wore a hat. Most important to do so!

  • Mikewj

    The duck looks a little sad, and a little high. I’m pretty sure it’s Kurt.

  • Mikewj

    This has been my exact approach to life for the past week, and it may remain that way for another week or two. Drooling, though sticky, is fun.

  • Mikewj

    Could it have been a Thunderbird? Even a baby one? Maybe a baby one looking for a colony of Bigfoots with giant bread crumbs to feed it?

  • Mikewj

    No it’s not. Don’t lie, Mike.

  • Awesome!!! That is exactly what I could use right now. Two weeks of being in a beautiful place, with absolutely nothing to do but relax and shut down. How perfect. Glad you had a great time and welcome back.

  • Thanks for calling me on that one, Mike. It’s not as good to be back as it is to be away. It sucks to be back, in fact.

  • Wouldn’t giant breadcrumbs just be stale loaves of bread?

  • Thanks, MOB. I wasn’t there for two weeks, but everyplace is beautiful when you’re not at work.

  • Mikewj

    Yes, excellent point, CheesyMike. See how that vacation cleared your mind and allowed you to think things through? That’s why you should take at least 10 months of vacation a year. Then the 2 months you put in at work will be 2 really productive months.

  • Mikewj

    Not and problem, CheesyMike. I love you, man, and I feel your pain. Going back to work after a nice vacation is sort of like getting hit in the head with stale loaves of bread. In my experience, at least.

  • That would be an awesome world to live in. It would take me those 2 months just to read through all the work related emails, and then, vacation again!

  • welcome back! the photos are great!

  • Thanks! Glad to see you’re more up and about, virtually at least!

  • Im slowly getting better!

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