July Goals

I feel as if summer is just flying by so quickly. Which is why I decided to make a list of goals for July. My hope is to make sure I get at least some of these things accomplished before this month is over.

Not a single thing on my list is related to work, home improvement, or honestly a chore. It’s all mainly fun things, health related things or things that just need to be done before we run out of summer. The way I see it, I can do work, home improvements and chores all winter long.

My July Goals:

1. Get out on my SUP as much as possible

In the past summers we have either kayaked more or had vehicle issues that I was not able to spend as much time as I would have preferred on my SUP. Not this year….we made a car top carrier purchase back in March and it was the best buy we made this year. Now I can go with either vehicle whenever I wish.

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2. Get rid of the tan line that circles around my ankles from my kayaking shoes!!!!

Normally this would not bother me in the least bit, BUT, some friends of ours are getting married in a few weeks and it is not going to look so nice in the sandals I plan to wear. So I figure I better at least try and even this out somewhat before then.

3. Have a Mom’s Day Off 🙂

Since my own son is 19 yrs old I don’t consider myself a full time mom anymore. I hold more of a part time status in this matter. So really this is just a day off of being a mom, wife and a childcare provider. I already have it planned, our destination is chosen, and the women I plan to go with is also arranged. Now we all just have to not let life happen and have it be cancelled for some reason or another. Here’s to hoping and we have a great time.

4. Date night with my husband

What can I say, we spend a lot of time together but never really on a date. We should make this a priority but we don’t. After 20 years of marriage, date nights are kind of over rated. However, it is my turn to plan our date night and what I want to do on this particular night is super exciting and I can’t wait to try it. He was the one that got to plan the last date night and it ended with me riding a roller coaster which I will never do again.  Now we just need to pick a night and make it happen.

5. Try 2 new recipes

Summer time is the worse time of year for me to cook. If I had a backyard outdoor kitchen it may be different but I don’t. So this goal will be hard to do but may be possible if it rains two days in the month of July.

6. Defunk our kayak equipment

I know I said no chores but this one is really super easy and will only take a few minutes. If you are a kayaker you will know what I mean by DEFUNK! Kayaking gear can get pretty smelly and it literally takes seconds to fill up a tub with enzyme solution, dip each piece of equipment and hang to dry. I try and do this at least once or twice during the summer and then a final time before storing the equipment for the winter.

7. Try a new restaurant

We have a few new restaurants in the area and we always seem to venture back to our normal favorites. We really need to broaden our horizons and try some new places.

So there is the list. Nothing too elaborate or difficult to achieve. Ha, I say that now but I know I will struggle with a few of these. I am hoping that by making a list it will help me feel a little more accountable. We’ll see….either way, let’s all hope for a great, bright, and sunny month of July and have some fun 🙂

What is one goal you hope to achieve in the month of July?

 

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Canoecopia 2014

We were up early Saturday to make the three hour drive to our favorite convention, Canoecopia. It is held in Madison, WI and runs for three days every year. If you enjoy kayaking, canoeing and camping this is the hottest ticket of the weekend.

We always try and arrive early enough to shop the parking lot…fellow yakkers will place there kayaks atop there vehicles or on trailers with for sale signs and phone numbers attached. You can find some great buys if you know what you are looking for. (Although, we are not looking to buy another kayak, you never know when a good deal will be had)

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Upon arrival, you enter the convention center and there are many free booths of local guides, groups and camp grounds offering freebies. You browse, chat and pick up maps of possible lakes and rivers to be paddled.

Then it’s the big opening. I head straight for the Bargain Baga area. I am quite frugal as my husband calls me, so anywhere I can save a buck I will.

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Then it’s time to make the rows and rows of paddles, kayaks, canoes, shoes, outfitters, camping supplies, roof racks, clothing and on and on….

We were specifically looking for three things this year. A roof rack for our new car, a spray skirt for a friend’s kayak, and some new decals to personalize our car with. I know, decals, big spender I am? (They are free) Well, like I said, I am frugal. We hit the jackpot this year getting everything on our list and then some.

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After finally deciding on the rack system we wanted, it was time to browse. We checked out the newest Jackson fishing kayaks. My husband would be very happy to own one of these. Sorry honey, there is just no more room:(

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We walked past an array of paddles. Some more practical and some I would be scared to use because they are so beautiful.

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Next, it was time to check out the newest in whitewater kayaks. I like checking out the new colors that they come out with every year.

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You can even get your kids on the water in kayaks made specifically for children. Even at a very reasonable price for many days of happy paddling.

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Then we stopped in a booth that had some homemade kayaks that should never be used on the water in my opinion. So much work is involved that I would be devastated if I scratched any of these on a rock or even with the beach sand. Take a look at the detail…

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

Next, it was off to check out the newest in stand up paddle boards. Even though I love mine, it is still nice to take a look.

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And last but not least, you always have your crazy new inventions. This kayak comes apart in three sections that are held together with a rubber ratchet strapping system. In my family, we prefer our kayaks in one piece. Any kayak that purposely breaks apart into sections is fundamentally WRONG in our eyes. Legos and boats should never breed!

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There are also countless speakers that you can attend at certain times throughout the day also. We do not usually attend these so I can not tell you good or bad about this part of the convention. I can tell you that the rooms are packed, so if you plan to attend make sure you get there early and get a seat.

It was a very fun and exciting day for us. We wait all year for this convention and it never disappoints us. The temperature may still be cold outside but it felt a little closer to summer while we were inside chatting with people that love to do what we do. We left with a trunk full of gear, some great memories of Canoecopia 2014 and a smile on our face.

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Happy Paddling Everyone