I am so addicted to this sport! It’s definitely my new favorite way to start the day… especially when it’s followed by shave ice, like it was today! The picture to the left is Mom’s club- the Keala Canoe Club. Most of them are regulars and they paddle four times a week. They’re nice enough to let random main-landers join in and even offer tips as we go. Today we took two 6-mans out because there were so many of us. My canoe decided it would be fun, once we got way out in the middle of the ocean, to each do 5 minutes alone. I opted to paddle solo for 1 minute and was tired out. A few of them were even able to move the boat alone! The ride wasn’t choppy like yesterday so we went a bit further and came back for “yard clean-up” then shave ice. I was advised to get shave ice with ice cream and and adzuki beans. I added mochi to this and ordered coffee flavor. Ironically, I have to make another Italian comparison and bring up my favorite mid-ride indulgence when I do Paradise loop. Around mile 25, I love to stop at a cafe in Tiburon and order an affogato. Literally, “drowned”. Espresso with a scoop of ice cream. Anyway, back to today’s shave ice… It was the perfect breakfast after the paddling workout.
We then headed up to Manoa falls for a quick hike before Mother’s day brunch. The last time I went up there was over a year ago, with several friends. It was pouring and we were soaked by mid-way but we never got to the top because the trail had become a gushing river and it was impossible to go any higher. The trail was muddy and slick today but we saw the falls and enjoyed the gorgeous greenery and flowers during our walk.
After digesting our massive brunch and sobering up from the prosecco, we slathered on sunscreen (for the third time today) and went for a swim. The jellyfish had evacuated and there were only tourists to dodge. We swam parallel to the beach and I finally figured out how not to get seasick in the waves. Usually my breathing pattern alternates sides, sighting my destination every other breath, but I discovered that if I breathed every other stroke on the same side (away from the waves so I didn’t swallow salt water) I kept my equilibrium in tact.
Sadly, I am now getting packed to leave the island. I hear it’s rainy at home so I guess I’ll be heading to the gym tomorrow morning!
The workout: 8 mile (?) paddle- leaning forward to use back instead of arm strength on each stroke, power comes from stable legs and core
gentle 1.6 mile hike
2/3 mile swim