It's been a pretty miserable spring by pretty much everyone's account, but today was beautiful (except for the unexpected storm in the late afternoon - more about that later), if still a few degrees colder than normal so Deanna and I made the most of it by finally getting the boats out on the water. Deanna had planned to take the day off of work and I booked it off of helping at the shoppe as well.
We dropped in at Beaudry Park (leaving our Jeep there and planning to return later via motorcycle to retrieve it) and headed home from there. In the 4 hours of paddling plus 1 hour of picnic we encountered the usual riverside wildlife (and a fox - first time we've seen one in the city), passed numerous houses that are most certainly out of our credit range, spotted what was either Tom or one of his fellow flying aces overhead, attracted 7 ticks between the 2 of us (not bad for this time of year) and overall had a great trip.
Retrieving the Jeep after we returned home was a little less ideal - I managed to get Deanna to the Jeep in fine condition but on the way home I got caught on my motorbike in a sudden thunder storm with 90 km/h winds. I made it home wet and cold but in one piece, and managed to keep the bike upright the whole way. All's well that ends well, or at least without injury.
Who's up for doing this with us next time? Here's a slideshow to entice you: