“You know those blue people from that movie?” my 75 year old great Aunt Joyce asked.
“Smurfs,” replied Granny Sue.
“No, the other blue people.” Aunt Joyce argued. This went on for 5 minutes, but they finally figured it out.
“Well anyway, I decided I am like those Avatar blue people. Remember when the guy was surfing down the vines and he yelled ‘I was born to do this!’ That is me with kayaking. I hold the oar over my head and yell, ‘I was born to do this! ‘” Aunt Joyce had just started kayaking at 68.
If Aunt Joyce loves it, I should try it. A weekend trip to Robber’s Cave State Park outside of Wilburton, Oklahoma presented my opportunity.
After spending the weekend hiking, and reading book in a hammock, kayaking was the perfect end. The clouds were looking a little ominous as we headed to the dock. Thankfully, the rental manager was nice and let us go out anyway.
From the first stroke of the oar, I was sold. So peaceful and yet, adventurous. I have terrible balance so I was a little worried about tipping. We coasted through the lake with ease, passing turtles hanging out on logs and seeing fish beneath us.
I get what Aunt Joyce was talking about – I love being on the water. It satisfies my craving to disconnect from my hectic, loud life and reconnect with nature. This is my natural state. I was born to do this.
It started raining as we made our way back to the shore, so we ran into the gift store. The employees were happy to see us, or anyone. We looked around, struggling to find anything we really needed from a state park gift shop in Oklahoma. After settling on a few postcards, I saw it. In the corner with touristy t-shirts and hats crowding it, was a smashed penny machine! Huzzah!