Tomorrow We Ride – a guest post by Mary

Among the many amenities that Sleeps provides, are paddle boards. They can be sheer frustration or utter victory. Not much in between. Built almost the size of a twin bed, one would think that a paddle board would be snap to ride. I suppose that they forget to factor in the condition of the lake that day. A smooth surface is ideal, however do allow for some choppy water and the occasional wake from a boat. When I tried a wake board for the first time, I was wishing that there was a hotline that I could call to cancel all boating until I was done. It’s only fair.

The boards come equipped with a paddle. If used properly, it functions as a brace. However, I can’t tell you how many times I was nearly impaled by that apparatus! Just staying on top of the board for a minute or so was a major accomplishment! I experienced anything from a belly flop to mastering the most painful wedgie. Balance is key. Did I mention getting back on the board requires every muscle in your entire body? Not one to give up, I would say that I remounted that thing at least forty times in twenty minutes. No beginner’s luck here. Definitely not! I was really good at laying down and using my arms as paddles. I swear the paddle was laughing at me! Not to mention the stares from other lake people.

In the morning my body hurt so bad I was certain that a Mack truck had added a digit to its dashboard fatality tally. Even my toes hurt and I hadn’t even tried to Hang Ten! Please don’t let this discourage you. Some people are naturals…I don’t like them! Enough of that, I am, for sure, better at s’mores!

– Mary