Paddle On, Paddle On
It wouldn’t be a summer furlough without a kayak trip with Uncle Mike. This summer we launched out on the water one time (not enough). It is hard to beat a relaxing paddle on a Saturday afternoon with Uncle Mike and family. Really its amazing that Uncle Mike is so passionate about kayaking. He is no ordinary able bodied man. Uncle Mike is an extraordinary quadriplegic of 20 years and he does not let that stop him. I’ve heard him say before that one of the things he loves about paddling is that it puts him on the same level as everybody else. We are all sitting in our kayaks, floating on the water…..we are all in the same boat (well almost, we are all in our own little boats. : )).
Uncle Mike not only kayaks but he also, skies in the winter. Hand cycles. Exercises two hours everyday. Takes incredible care of his body (i.e. eating healthy, including using great control at saying “no” to things like sugar and dairy). He is an inspiration to many. Including me. Paddle on, Uncle Mike. Paddle on. Looking forward to next summer when we can do it again.