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Monday, 21 July 2008

Back from Vacation!

Back from our camping trip with the kids. We had a fantastic time running around Charleston Lake Provincial Park. It was the first time in quite a while that I had been car camping which was a nice change. My cousin and his family came along for the trip. He has kids who were the same age as mine so there were 5 kids running around all crazy like looking for bugs then complaining that there were too many bugs looking for them...
No updates for the week. I'm sorry. I am off with the family going camping. See you Friday!
Whew! Life has been super busy over the past week and I apologize to my three fans out there for not posting anything. This time last week, I was preparing to teach a level 1 and Flatwater instructor course. The course took place at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre over the weekend and it was a ton of fun. I shot a bit of video of students fooling around in their boats and in the process of editing it. I should it posted over the weekend if all goes well. This week I got a copy on the main of the new Gary and Joanie McGuffin book, Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking to review. I have been reading through it this week and it looks fantastic. The photos are really well shot and laid out which is nice to see. It is as much as an instruction manual as a coffee table book that your mother would pick up and easily browse through. I should have a more detailed review of it posted early next week.
I am out teaching a Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor Course for White Squall for the next 5 days so I won't be making any postings until I get back. If you have news or some good paddling gossip, send it along to me and I can post it when I get back. For those who are interested, we are spending day 1 at White Squall then going out on the bay for 4 days. One thing that I notice about teaching these upper end courses is that the teacher/student split is virtually non-existent. At this level, the students are basically peers when it comes it skill level and teaching ability so these course naturally turn into large group sharing as we work through the program. That means lots of talking and geeking out on kayaking... It should be a lot of fun.
PaddlingInstructor.com is pleased to announced that we reached a big milestone today. The old member odometer turned over it's 1000th member. The luck winner of nothing is Ryan Vandecasteyen who works at Ecomarine in Vancouver, BC! Thanks so much for your support over the years to everybody except for Ryan who I want to ask why it took him so long to join up. What's with the 1000-Ruble Banknote you might ask? It was the only thing that showed up in Google images when I put in 1000. Now that I have a 1000 members, I'm getting lazy. Image via: cbr.ru

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