Lumpy Waters 2013

After returning home from the Delmarva Paddler’s Retreat, I hopped in the car to head north for Lumpy Waters, which is put on by Alder Creek. I took the coastal route, and both the weather and ocean conditions were gorgeous, a good sign for the days ahead. This event has taken place for five years, although it was my first time going.

Friday morning's group meeting.

Friday morning’s group meeting.

Lumpy Waters takes place at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park, which hosts a number of cabins, as well as RV and tent sites. Across the street is the Pacific Ocean, and the clear weather provided spectacular views. A large room and tent had been set up as a warm place for people to mingle, and outside a fire kept people toasty. Participants had numerous classes to pick from, and class rosters were displayed on large paper on the wall. The event started Friday afternoon with half day programs. I taught Simplifying the Roll at nearby Nestucca Bay.

Karl Andersson discusses weather and marine forecasts, as well as local logistics and safety during the coaches meeting.

Karl Andersson discusses weather and marine forecasts, as well as local logistics and safety during the coaches meeting.

The second day of the event hosted both half and full-day programs, and I taught Fun – Balance – Bracing and Games in the morning and Simplifying the Roll in the afternoon. Sunday’s programs were half day, and I instructed Complicating the Roll.

Rescue practice is a great way to cool off on a sunny day.

Rescue practice is a great way to cool off on a sunny day.

Evening entertainment included several intriguing presentations, and Saturday evening Danny Mongno hosted a very entertaining pub quiz game, which challenged coaches and participants both mentally and physically.

A very friendly dog takes a break by some kayaks.

A very friendly dog takes a break by some kayaks.

The event was incredibly well organized, and everyone was well taken care of. Special thanks to Paul Kuthe, Dave Slover and Suzi Elle for having me there!

Unfortunately, most of my on-water pictures had a very large water spot in the middle, but I snapped this shot of an owl on my way out of town.

Unfortunately, most of my on-water pictures had a very large water spot in the middle, but I snapped this shot of an owl on my way out of town.

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