On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about.
- If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season.
- If you prefer not to paddle in anything but warm, sunny weather, maybe you need to plan a vacation or two to warmer, sunnier destinations between now and next spring.
- Since you most likely won’t be using your boats for awhile, it’s time to do your fall maintenance and put them into storage for the winter.
- Order the DVD’s and books you want to watch and read over the winter.
- Do some research to find open pool sessions so you can keep practicing your rescues, rolling, and bracing skills.
- Sign up for yoga (or other fitness classes) to work on your core strength, balance, and flexibility for next spring.
- Start making a list and assembling the items to create or improve your first aid and repair kits.
- Make out your Christmas list with all the paddling gear you want to receive as gifts. : )
- Make your hotel reservations for Canoecopia 2012.
- For more ideas, check out my blog on “Staying Sane Through the Winter”.
With all these things to do, it hardly seems like 5 months will be enough time!
Enjoy the fall and winter!