Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the sun. That phrase might make you think of a California beach - surfing, warm water, warm weather, the hot sun beating down on you.

That is not what, "fun in the sun" means here in the Pacific Northwest.  It mostly means that the sun is out. And that was what it was like on Saturday, February 2nd.

 It does not mean that it is warm - though it was a nice 50 degrees - and for us that is warm.

It doesn't mean going to the beach, though we might.  Unless it is an El Nino year and a super hot day, the water is freezing. The average water temperature around here is a cold 40-47 degrees.

Our 'fun in the sun' means it was  a sunny day. And a great day to have a  a paddle race in La Conner, WA.

Our 'fun in the sun' was a group of stand up paddles, rowing boats and kayaks - racing seven miles in the slough. Slugging their way through the currents. Paddling as fast as they can in as short amount of time as they can.

Seven miles of  constant pushing and pulling. Seven miles of paddling. Seven miles of standing (for some). Seven miles of heave ho.

Yes, that is what 'fun in the sun' means for those of us in the Pacific Northwest.

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