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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Well, okay . . . I'll Try

We had a great morning with Barry & Penny at Gifford Pinchot State Park. This park is just 20 minutes away from our campground and is real find. There is no user fee, which I found amazing. The park has a huge lake, beach area, boat and bike rentals and lots of walking/biking trails as well as several camping loops where both tents, campers and RVs are welcome.

Gifford Pinchot State Park, PA Lake views P1110823

Our reason for going today was for the freebies. The park hosted a “get out and enjoy nature” day during which they allowed free rentals. Penny really wanted to try kayaking and I said I'd do it, too. When I got there, I began to chicken out. Yeah, I'm mouthy, but not adventuresome. I have a lot of angst about doing new things – it's a control freak thing. :) But, Penny pushed a bit and Randy encouraged me to do it, so I did.

I am SOOOO glad I did!! It was great!

Guess so! P1110830 There we go! P1110834 P1110836

Barry & Randy sat on the shore and took pictures while they laughed at us. Sure, they said they were laughing with us, but I know better. :) At least we didn't embarrass ourselves and fall in the water or anything.

Our instructor, Mike, was great; a nice young man who put up with two old ladies who were flirting with him. :) Hey, you do what you can at our age, ya know?

Penny, Mike & Terry

Anyway, we paddled around for close to 30 minutes and then I could feel the muscles (what muscles???) in my upper arms start asking what the heck I thought I was doing. So, I figured it was time to head back to shore. But, Penny & I are going back in a couple of weeks and do it again.

After that, we took a drive around the park. Penny & Barry have been there before and really enjoy it. The beach/swimming area is nice, lots of shade as well as sunny areas. I'd like to take Reagan sometime – she'd love it. The camping loops are nice, too, very shady and private. I'm sure we'll never camp there 'cause it's too close to “home.” But I do think we'll go back for the lake activities.

We left the park around 1:00 and it was getting hot. Now, it looks like a storm is heading our way. Gotta love summertime. :)

Until the next time . . .


  1. Good for you!!! That looks like great fun! So why didn't the guys join you all??

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. That's awesome!! I'm a little jealous that you got to do something so fun!

  3. So you can now cross this off your bucket list!!