Haiku Today 2015.06.15 —

(Copyright Β© 2015, Robert W. Ross CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

a boiling page,
we etch our spells onto
the dreaming sky


Suddenly we are in a frenzy to find a good deal on a pair of kayaks. How did we get to this? Mme. Ross and I said last autumn that it would be cool to try kayaking together this year, to take on the swift Missouri River in a pair of plastic boats with a single paddle apiece, and only a life jacket to ensure our safety. 

This past weekend we went to Harmon Lake, a man-made body about eight miles north of our town. There we were able to rent a couple of stand-up paddleboards (a.k.a. SUP) for an hour and we spent some good time paddling around the lake with Little Miss sitting on one or the other, trying to help paddle with her hands. I found I was able to stand on this calm water with relative ease, and I decided that I was hooked on this. I’m not a big “let’s go swimming!” kind of guy because I really think it’s boring, but I really like the exploratory feel of getting out on a craft and physically guiding it. Mastering the mechanics of paddling, steering, and turning. Standing up and knowing that I can be seen standing on a board after failing to do so when surfing last summer (which is not at all uncommon.)

Mme. Ross was also hooked. After we pulled back in at the beach she asked to try out a kayak, and we paddled back out, I on a board and her in a green kayak. 

Now we’re looking to make water sports our “thing” this Summer, and in years to come. The equipment will likely pay for itself versus the rental fees, and it just so happens that we have a spare car we will gladly sell to help finance this adventure. It’s almost like the Universe wants us to do it. 

Are you having your Summer adventures yet? I’d love to hear about them in the comments . . . 

now get out there and explore.  



  1. Am pleased to hear you embracing water sports! I am spending my ‘summer’ (winter in the Southern Hemisphere) sailing, snorkeling, and shooting (pictures). Maybe someday your love of the water will get you out sailing πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like quite the wonderful and shared adventure – and you’re off to wonderful start! πŸ˜€

    Btw …. cool photo – which I’m still trying to figure out – the fluff foreground vs. the horizon ….. care to explain?

    • I took it upside down while laying on the ground but my dingus phone knows which way is up, so I had to flip over the photo anyway. That photo is what I intended to take, and I took one of just the sky, and it was remarkable to me how I could tell it was upside down just from how the clouds looked.

      • right – thank you for clearing that up – I have a cold and my head just couldn’t make heads or tails of anything – my eyes hurt – lol πŸ˜‰

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