New England has a funny thing that Midwest states don’t, or at least didn’t when I was a kid: Winter Break. Winter Break, aka February Vacation, is a week without school. There is also a Spring/April break. The typical activity for Winter Break is going skiing. The end of February is still the heart of winter here. We’ll, it is most years.
I took two days off of work to spend my Winter Break on Cape Cod. I arrived in the pouring rain, but it was a warm rain. This afternoon the sun came out. The temperature has dropped a little and it is very windy, but I decided to take the kayak out. Amazingly this isn’t the first time this year. I was on the water on New years Day!
I only did short paddle. I had to wade in almost to my knees when putting the boat in the water. The water was warmer than expected and my boots are neoprene so actually stay warm when wet. Later, however, a few waves washed over and I hadn’t put the skirt on. Big mistake. I wasn’t cold, but I didn’t want to stay out too long with a lap full of water.
It didn’t matter, I had made it out onto the water. And the little I did paddle was fun. I actually found a calm area and did a few quick laps just to stretch out.
I know I’ll jinx myself by saying it out loud, but I plan on being on the water at least once every month this year. I already have the hard two months, January and February, down, so it shouldn’t be too hard.