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    Wow, that's a beautiful snake! Thanks for the detailed picture on the scale pattern, really beautiful! 😊

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      Beautiful photos!

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        Awesome snake, RD!!
        We found rattlers on the PCT to be nothing but scared of us, and they were happy to get out of the path, if we would just make enough noise so they could!

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          If you see that snake again tell them that I love them and hope they're having a good day

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            Thank you:
            CaptainCanuck
            Mianevem
            CODawn
            photon
            NancyTree
            Anek
            Colin
            Trbrat75
            sleep_twitch
            Kita
            DorothyMH

            Sweet, Trbrat75 ! I have not seen a male yet this year. Just the two females thus far.

            Very cool, DorothyMH ! I don't think I have ever seen a rattlesnake in the wild, though I have camped in their country a couple of times. (There aren't any rattlesnakes left where I live, although there are reportedly a couple of small isolated colonies still hanging on not too far away.)

            I will be certain to pass along your regards, f1shtacular . (I do talk to the wildlife--mostly to thank them for posing for photographs, but sometimes to admonish them to stay off the road/away from windows/out of my garage, etc.)

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              Workout summary report for last week (May 9-15):

              Consecutive days of fitness for Laura: 382-388
              Consecutive days of fitness for Norma: 416-422

              running: nada

              workouts with my mother: 3:46:15 total time for the week -- second week of our new schedule.

              other strength training: nada

              hiking: 18.1 km

              SUP: none yet

              yoga/dance: nada

              Only Homemade Food: days 495 - 501
              Daily French Study: days 182 - 188
              GOBOT: 0/7
              GBOT: 1/7

              I did not do very well at adulting last week, as you can see. No real reason for this other than that I gave myself permission to not do anything I didn't feel motivated to do, and clearly I did not feel motivated to do anything that involved actual effort. I attended my first pandemic funeral--which, of course, meant sitting at home alone watching the service over Zoom. The audio kept cutting out, which was just as well since the service was all Anglican liturgy, which is so not my thing. (My friend who died was an Anglican priest. So the service made perfect sense for her. It just wasn't anything I was going to benefit from hearing. So I was not bothered that I could not in fact hear it all that well.) Afterwards I ate the last piece of chocolate raspberry cheesecake which I had defrosted beforehand (leftovers from the last dinner party I was able to host pre-pandemic, which my friend had not been able to attend--so that was sort of "her slice") and listened to Wyrd Sisters music. I had intended to dance to the music. But I just wasn't feeling it. Some months from now, when people are able to gather together once again, we will have a proper celebration of life gathering for my friend.

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                Good that you found some way to connect at least, not so easy in these troubled times.

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                  Also good that you were able to make your own ritual from what you had/were able to do. Maybe not the best but better than nothing. When the pandemic is over, then….

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                    I finally got my paddleboard in the water yesterday! I launched just before 3PM and was out on the water until ~8:30. (The battery in my Garmin no longer supports these longer trips, so I don't have the exact times.)

                    It was a glorious day for a paddle!

                    Rondeau Bay, May 19, 2020

                    This early in the year it is usually pretty easy for me to travel within the marsh on my paddleboard. By July the ponds are all thick with vegetation and no longer navigable. But in May the water is still open. This year, however, the water level is much lower than in previous years. Remember "Twin Oaks Pond", which I hung out in so often last August? Currently this area would be more aptly named "Muddy Land Beside a Pair of Oak Trees"

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                    There is a cut that goes deeper into the marsh from this pond (just off the right-hand side of the photo). By the time I discovered Twin Oaks last summer, it was already too thick with vegetation to traverse. I had been hoping to explore it a bit this spring. But the water was so shallow I could not even get into the "pond" itself! I did, however, make it into the marsh via the main cut which extends from the Bay right in to the channel with runs alongside the Marsh Trail. The water was so shallow I had to bounce and drag my board across reed beds in a couple of places, but once I'd made it in to the channel, the channel itself was wide open and easily navigable.

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                    I paddled down the channel until the Long Pond side trail, then portaged across the trail and put my board back in the water on the other side. I had to bounce and drag again and even get off my board a second time for another short portage to get from the first small pond into Long Pond, but Long Pond itself, though shallow, was easily navigable.

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                    You can see this portion of my journey here. The dotted/solid green line is the Marsh Trail. The top portion of my route (where it looks like I'm on the trail) is where I paddled the channel which runs alongside the trail. Where my journey jogs to the right is the portion where I fought my way through reeds (and portaged a few metres here and there) to cut across to Long Pond. The remainder is my journey through Long Pond, down to the sand spit at South Point. Long Pond, as you can see from the map, runs right up the centre of the Rondeau marsh. I was the only human in there yesterday. So peaceful! (Although not quiet. There were a lot of birds!)

                    At South Point, I followed the sand spit out to Rondeau Bay, and paddled home on the open water of the Bay. I made it back to my launch point just as the sun was setting.

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                      It's time to workout with my mother now. But I have more photos I will try to post later today.

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                        anxiously awaiting more photos! I soo want to try paddleboarding!

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                          Wow that looks great. What equipment are you using?

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                            Are you asking about the camera, CaptainCanuck ? I only take my waterproof camera out on my paddleboard. It's a Nikon Coolpix W300.

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                              Oh sure also, I meant the paddleboard though

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                                CaptainCanuck it's a THURSO SURF 11’ x 32” x 6” Touring iSUP. (The product shown on that page is an updated model. My kit included an insulated deck bag, and my carrying knapsack does not have wheels. But the newer package is very similar to what I have otherwise.) I got it in 2017 and it is still going strong. I take the board into the marsh often and have dragged it through reeds and over the top of reed mats (with my weight on the board) many times without any issues. The fins (well, the large centre fin, which is the only one I use) and the 3-piece carbon shaft paddle which shipped with the board have also withstood some heavy use without problems. The cooler deck bag does not keep its contents dry on choppy water. So if I'm carrying a journal and painting supplies with me, they go into ziplocs first. But the deck bag does provide some insulation for keeping my lunch cool and it's convenient as it fastens securely to the tie downs on the board.

                                The seal on the pump that shipped with my board failed in just under 1 year (on its 24th or 25th use) and I replaced it with a K-Pump K220. K-Pumps have a replaceable o-ring. So if the seal goes on this one I don't need to trash the entire pump. My K220 is still working fine though with all of its original parts after 3 years. It's a bit slower than the original pump. I could inflate my board to 12psi in 6 minutes with the original pump, but it takes me 10 minutes with the K-Pump. Still not bad, and the K-Pump does appear to be a quality build thus far.

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