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Taking a long walk to start the New Year off right

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Saturday, 03-Jan-15

Today I walked 12 miles through the city for no apparent reason.

 

I’d been a little restless after New Years Eve… for some reason, I just needed to move around and get some blood flowing through my limbs again.  But I couldn’t decide what to do!  I didn’t really have enough time to go on a long adventure, and even if I had the time I was just not feeling up to the whole process of packing up the gear, stuffing the car, and then finding out that I’d forgotten something critical two hours into the drive.

So instead, I put on my boots, put on some music, and started walking.

The first time I stopped was for breakfast – a place called Sarah’s market and cafe.  I’d been planning on going through Harvard Square, but for some reason I turned at just the right time to wind up walking through a small little square, with a small little grocery store that had a sign for a cafe.  Sarah’s, it turned out.  So I went in, had a club sandwich, paid, and moved on.

The route took me all around – along the river, through Kendall, the esplanade, and finally back through Somerville.  See… it’s dangerous to listen to soundtracks when you’re walking.  I started with Lord of the Rings (an obviously amazing walking track), and then into Battlestar Galactica (the new series), which didn’t slow me down one bit.  I nearly forgot where I was going, and only turned toward home when the light had faded and stores were starting to brighten up their outside lights.

To top off the walk, I stopped into Brooklyn Boulders, where I have a membership.  I didn’t want to climb – I didn’t even have any gear with me.  Instead, I wanted to use their Sauna!  I usually do a quick 10min Sauna session after climbing, but this time I wasn’t in any rush… I had nowhere to be tonight, and it was still pretty early, as the night goes.  So I took a long route – 15min in, 5min out, repeated until I got bored.

Then, I finished the walk home.  Ordered a pizza, ate a pizza.  Started a fire in the fire pit, sat around a fire in the fire pit.

Relaxed, and felt accomplished.

 

Kayaking when the weather isn’t really the best…

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Sunday, 04-May-14

 

So a bit ago I got a full season membership to Charles River Canoe and Kayak.  I also bought a new waterproof camera as a prep-point for taking Spring Break in France.  Combining these two means that I can take pictures out on the water, and that I can get out onto the water for cheap.  So… why not, right?  It’s a medium-warm day in May, let’s get into the Charles!

 

  • Start out the adventure by texting everyone while I’m at brunch… btw, brunch?  Balling.  So good!  The brunch place that I usually go to upgraded its fare – they raised the price and cut out the menu options, but holy crap it was worth it.  Carving station, omelette station, extra snacks… yeah.  I enjoy going to the Foundry.
  • Emma’s the only one to reply, so we aim to meet up after I finish gardening
  • Finish gardening, get ambushed by neighbors (which is nice), and then meet up with Emma… late as always.  I’m sorry Emma!
  • It’s too cold to go in the water :/  Wait, they’re joking!  They call out to us as we’re about to walk away that it’s warm enough now!  Just barely… but they can’t rent to anyone if the water temp is below 55 Deg.F – and it just hit 55.5 Deg.F out.
  • They make us go through a whole slew of cold water release and waiver forms.  Emma’s a bit worried, but we get a really stable Kayak to make up for it.  Tie up the gear, get situated, and head out.
  • The channel is kind of choppy, but nothing too bad.
  • We’re about to get out into open water… Wait, the channel.  The protected, enclosed channel, was choppy.  Shit.  Now we’re out on the river itself…. The river?  3ft waves.
  • Emma starts to worry, but we’ve got this.  Water spraying as we bash through the waves, paddles straining deep.  Cue battle-music and some old grizzled sea-dog screaming orders over a hurricane.
  • We can’t work through these waves… we need to make a break for shore, so we turn toward the esplanade and make landfall on a small dock.
  • Beach in the esplanade, reorganize, and have a snack.  Give Emma my waterproof layer.
  • Now that we’re in the sheltered esplanade, it’s really nice!  We take our time and mosey through the small channels.  The trees are all in bloom, and it’s gorgeous with the cherry blossoms sprinkling down.
  • After we get to the far end, we turn around and head back.  Once we’re out into the river the waves aren’t super bad this time.  The wind died down, I guess.
  • Bike back, via the Harvard Square May Day event.  Listen to some cool music and roll out home
  • Have dinner, have a fire, and relax the night away.  Nice.