September already. Here in New England that means that summer is about over. Thinking of summer, I took the entire week of of work last week. Despite the fact that I took a lot of time off this summer, this was the only full week. I spent it on Cape Cod.
There are so many smiles associated with my week vacation, but I will just mention Friday’s kayak paddle.
The paddle went up from the landing on Bass River that is closest to my house, going to Follins Pond. I “circumnavigated” Follins Pond and headed back. I did go off into a few coves and to another small pond, Dinahs Pond, near the highway. I don’t have a good way to measure the distance, but it was between 6 and 9 miles (10 to 15 km). The return portion was against the wind and current – remember that the Bass River is tidal, so the tide was coming in. The wind had really picked up, so for the last little bit there were whitecaps in the river.
Besides being the longest paddle of the year, perhaps my longest paddle in 5 years, it was a good paddle overall, perhaps my best of the year. I saw a lot of osprey, including a couple that splashed into the water within 50 yards/meters of my kayak. I saw a seal. There were jellyfish. Although there are many houses and buildings on the route, there are a few wilder spots were I could forget that I was so close to civilization. It was also relatively quiet. I saw three other kayaks, which I was able to pass and put out of sight behind me without an problem. There was some boat traffic, but not much – less than a tenth of what I would see on Saturday at the same time.
That is my smile for the week, the longest, best paddle of the year to close out the summer.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)