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Row Your Boat

August 13, 2019 4 Comments

Row Your Boat

Row Your Boat

How many of you dream of just a small moment alone? If you are a mom of childly beasts; you just want to escape for one lonely potty break, one little cup of tea or coffee (in silence), dial up a friend for one moment without the immediate phone radar sounding off? Or if you are Megan and Keele you want to take off on a kayak to do some fishing (which your husbands have so kindly suggested) in peace without screaming kiddos…

And …thus begins our Gilligan’s Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Castaway…Kayaking, err, emm – fishing adventure. What we can say is that we had the MOST amazing workout EVER and we are exempt from physical activity for the rest of the week, or at least a day (if only).

Our families headed out on a weekend adventure to Caballo Lake (in New Mexico- a bit of a desert oasis for us – we like to close our eyes and dream we are back in the OC) to celebrate the birthday of Megan’s son Harrison.  We love camping together, especially because our kids love each other (and love to hate each other) and our husbands are fantastic friends, so it makes life for us incredibly easy. Last time we camped, Megan’s husband discovered these super cool K2 Kayaks that entertained ALL of us. We all took our turns kayaking into the solitude of the lake.

This time around the husbands said that we should take one out and go fishing. We of course thought it was a splendid idea – an adventure on the high seas (well low lake)! We packed the kayak with the essentials: Beer for Megan, flavored water for me, 2 poles, worms, tackle box, net and paddles, and off we went. Of course, when offered the opportunity to escape you make sure to get far enough to enjoy the silence, so we made sure to mark our distance by the “green” buoy markers that we had to row past. We figured two buoy distance might be enough, what we did not realize was that the current of the lake was MUCH stronger than anticipated.  We fished, we rowed, we laughed, we drank our drinks and continued to fish. It was so much fun and of course we lost track of time.

 At some point we realized that we had come close to a marsh and had to pee. At this point we also realized we could not see our cars or people. We also realized we could not see any “green” buoys which seemed odd. We had 2 choices, drift into the land and follow it back by foot or…row back out to the middle of the lake toward a buoy and locate our marker and row back to our people; being smart (or so we thought), we decided to row back to the middle of the lake (no biggie, we are strong) and check our mark and then row back to our people. Well, it seemed we had somehow drifted MAYBE a mile or maybe a bit more from where we started. And YES, that meant we had to get back! BUT seriously, NO PROBLEM!

Megan and I began to row…left, left, right, left, right…good rhythm – we could have been on a college rowing team – look out. Sadly, after about 10 minutes we felt as if we had not gone anywhere – anybody EVER experience this? The current so strong that you see no traction (yes, swimming uphill, no paddle?). Suddenly we felt the reality of our task…we had 4 buoy lengths to row with a current against us and no help in sight. Megan yelped out “WILSON” in which I answered with a chorus of “row, row, row your boat” in which we both burst out laughing and stopped rowing. We laughed for a solid 2 minutes (good AB workout) but this set us back another several meters. Let’s suffice it to say that it took us an hour – YES and HOUR to row over a mile back to our lake inlet where we actually were able to jump off our kayak and kick paddle in BUT we had leg cramps and muscle failure due to lack of fluids…(did we fail to mention that it was 102 degrees outside?). And we ask this question…Why did we do this?...

TO GET SOME SILENCE, SOLITUDE, FREE TIME…and instead we inflicted human torture upon ourselves.

Now here is the BEST part. Apparently while we were struggling to get back, our sweet husbands and sons (yes, all 5 sons) had gathered around the Karaoke box and narrated our return to shore for all the onlookers that were sharing the area with us. Yep, (we could not hear them – LUCKILY) they were saying wonderful things – and lots of words of encouragement and evidently kept everyone SO entertained that when we made it to the shore, we got a standing ovation!

So yup- that was fun! All we wanted was a little peace and what we got was an “INSANITY” workout. Upper body and ABS done for about a month. Also, leg cramps worked the calves so good that they will be sore for a good 2 weeks – does that count for anything?

Mom life is the best! Even these moments are worth smiling for. Megan and I were laughing the whole time to keep from crying but if anything, these are the moments you will always remember. Again, its good to have a battle buddy and these are the moments when you need them the most. We left this trip bruised and not broken, new wrinkle lines from laughter and not frowns and much more tired from having too much FUN than from too much work. Cheers to the GOOD life and may you all ROW your boat up stream occasionally WITH a paddle and a buddy! 

 XO

Keele & Megan 




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