|While my face is fuzzy, the surrounding beauty is not.|
|My husband Stan and another friend being taught by Megan.|
So until recently, I had not gone beyond observing, and dismissing the fast growing sport from afar. But I finally took the plunge - both literally and figuratively by allowing a friend to talk me into going Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUPing as it is commonly referred to, with her.
|Stopping to have a snack and visit along the way.|
As someone who enjoys sailing and kayaking and has done some sculling, I really didn't expect to take to this new sport. It seemed like it would be boring to just stand up and paddle. What you don't realize until you try it, is how much of a workout it is just to stay balanced and out of the water. According to my SUPing teacher and friend Megan, most people do take a dunk their first time or two. I managed to avoid doing so the first time, but not the second one. It's not unlike sailing in a small boat or kayaking - it's important to know where the limits are by experiencing that first mishap. Fortunately, it was still warm the day I took my dunk.
|Bill demonstrating that it is helpful to get on your knees or be sitting when coming in to dock.|
|Stan at his first lesson.|
|Looking like a natural!|
Vicki and husband, ceramic artist Stan Irvin, are both retired professors who have discovered the joys of Rockport and living part-time on their 33' sailboat, while exploring new sailing destinations and adventures.