Summer Memories


With Fall in full swing, apart from it actually being “Fall” and no time change yet, I have been thinking back on what a fun Summer David and I had. One of the most memorable things we did was to go kayaking for his birthday. He has mentioned several times that he would like to go. I have been somewhat reluctant.

I think of the signs that are present in the parks around here about alligators and well, that show Swamp People comes to mind. I don’t want to look like a big piece of chicken to some hungry, still living dinosaur. Silly perhaps but I at least will always have all my fingers and toes!

Then there is always the pluff mud. I suppose it is an acquired smell. For me, the smell of a barn and horse manure do not bother me. They are smells of summers spent with my dad. I did not grow up in the Lowcountry though and when I think of pluff mud, this is what I think of:

That is my friends’ dog Shiloh. Unbeknownst to me at the time the above occurred, I am wiser now, some little dogs have no fear of leaping from a dock and following their nose. Then, their big dog friend will follow.

Unfortunately, the owners then have to trudge through the foul smelling mud to retrieve said dogs.

So, needless to say I was apprehensive about our kayaking adventure. We did not take any dogs but that didn’t mean I might not fall out of the kayak and stink to high heaven on the car ride home.

However, I stayed top side and really enjoyed the trip.

There was only one alligator scare. If you look real hard at the picture below I am sure you will spot him!

He is near the grass line in about the middle of the picture. No, I was not scared. Of course, if he had started swimming at us, things might have been different. Remember, I want to keep my fingers and toes.

Yep, I would go kayaking again. Especially when I know how much fun David had!

What fun adventures did you have this Summer? Leave a comment and let me know what you did – I would love to read about it!


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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