ERA ladysdayout blog
ERA ladysdayout blog
Sep 2nd, 2008

Everyone is searching for something in life. For me, faith has been my holy grail. I have been trying to find faith in something my whole life. My destination was reached when I stumbled my way into Endless River Adventures and began my journey into the wild world of whitewater. I finally made the transition from someone who whitewater kayaks to being a real boater. You may ask what the difference is, well in my opinion, it is the state of mind one is in when they are in their boat. Here is how the story goes.......

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Jul 30th, 2008

Just something that popped back into my head about how kayaking helped me in my job interview - Sarah MachinistWhen I interviewed for the position that I just got they (my interview was 3 people interviewing me at once) were taking turns asking me about facing challenges, difficult work situations, etc. The paddling thing had come up at the beginning of my interview, because my only South Carolina related experience was the time I paddled the Chatooga. So when they asked me if I had ever been faced with something that was beyond my experience or comfort level and how I dealt with the situation, I said that I hadn't had that experience professionally, but proceeded to explain sitting at the top of a new rapid where walking around it was not an option. (I had a time we were on the Ocoee and I looked at one of the rapids forever in my head.) My solution was to make a plan - because you know you have the skills to run the rapid, take a big breath, smile - because it will make the experience much better, run t......

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ERA ladysdayout blog
Jul 4th, 2008

Our Brandy just wrote a great post about dealing with being pregnant and paddling. What we like so much about Brandy is that she is a)spunky; b)totally committed to being a good boater and c)human and having to deal with issues like having kids, being nervous on the river, trying to balance family, work and goal of being a good kayaker..finding a balance is such a challenge. Especially when you want to be a mother and a kayaker and have to struggle with preconceived notions about what a mother should/should not do (let alone what you should/should not do when pregnant). Brandy reminded me of a great article that our friend Maria wrote. Maria is a working mom, an incredible kayaker, and an enthusiastic breaker of stereotypes of what a mom/woman should or should not be doing! Maria's Cartwheeling Through Pregnancy is a great inspiration for all of us! ...

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Jul 1st, 2008

Whoever came up with the term “morning sickness” has obviously never been pregnant. I imagine it was some doctor (male, I’d bet) who was trying to come up with a neat, dainty little name for the full blown puke fest that is early pregnancy. I think a more appropriate name would be “All Day, Feel Like I’m Going to Die Sickness” or “Kill Me Now Sickness”. Those sound more appropriate to me.And don’t get me started on the exhaustion that is almost debilitating. It’s been hard to stay up later than about 8 at night, and in my free time I can usually be found lying in the grass with a book or curled up on the couch watching bad reality TV. Not too much physical activity going on in my life besides chasing my two year old, Jonah.This isn’t an attempt at pregnancy prevention, though you might want to show it to your daughter just to reinforce what you’ve already told her. I’m actually really excited that Ryan and I are expecting bambino number 2, and I know that pregnancy only gets easier f......

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Jun 17th, 2008

Sometimes it takes someone else's situation to realize yours is not so bad. There is nothing worse for a kayaker than to find out that shoulder surgery is needed. So I was not feeling my best the past week or so. But then I ran into an amazing group--war vets participating in a program called Team River Runners. And this amazing group totally inspired me. I recently had to go home for the unpleasant task of getting a potential shoulder injury checked out. Having received discouraging news you could say I was a little bummed out. However, that same evening I was invited to our local Veterans Affairs (VA) to help with a roll school. This was no ordinary roll school; this was a pool session for wounded vets recovering from injuries from the war. There were “students” that were recovering from TBI (traumatic brain injury), amputations, paralysis, and many other life altering injuries. There was even someone learning who had lost his eyesight due to a pointblank gunshot wound. Talk about putting ......

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Jun 3rd, 2008

by our own TrishThe sabbatical is over! Being out of a kayak for over a year really does leave the soul and spirit parched and longing for the sound and feel of whitewater. After relocating to New Mexico, I didn’t realize how much I would miss kayaking until I recently rekindled the flame.It is so good to be back in a kayak!I had the opportunity to paddle the Race Course Section of the Rio Grande just outside of Taos, NM. This section is 5 miles long and chocked full of class II and III rapids. It was the perfect section for me to get acquainted with my new EZG and see if I still possessed any shred of paddling skills that I used to have.As my friend Rachel and I pulled up to the put-in, I had that familiar twinge of nervousness that I hadn’t felt in quite a while. We changed, met the rest of our party and headed for the water. As I slid into my EZG for the first time, I realized I made rookie mistake #1. I forgot to put in my foam bulk head. I had nothing for my feet! As I sat there, I smiled t......

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May 23rd, 2008

During the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Boater Chick Festival, I had the honor of presenting Bunny Johns with the 2008 Boater Chick Award. It could not have gone to a better person!I always tip my helmet to fellow-boaters that recognize the achievements of those paddlers that came before us. There were so many valient paddlers who trundled down rivers in the likes of 13 foot+ boats, at a time when words such as "boof" did not even exist. So when Anne--organizer of the 2008 Boater Chick Festival, asked me to help her present Bunny Johns with the 1st Boater Chick Award, in my tongue-tied way I was honored--and fired up to do so. I am happy to share the full presentation (minus a few hmms and umms) for everyone to enjoy....

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May 13th, 2008

So you want to talk about women and kayaking? How about hearing it from a group of women who are in the midst of their college education at an all-womens college (hence the school colors pink & green); all whom have found their way into the college’s outdoor program…. kayaking specifically!...and all of whom stand to take away some pretty amazing life skills when they graduate from college.Enjoy sharing time with a cool group of kayakers at the latest of our roundtables....

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May 9th, 2008

There is nothing like getting together after a good day of paddling and telling stories! While the group consisting of Maria Noakes, Whitney Lonsdale, Beth Rypins and Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff could not work it out to actually spend a day on the river together, we were able to take time out of busy schedules to enjoy some reminiscing, stories and laughs.Enjoy this roundtable discussion about Bridging the Generations!...

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May 2nd, 2008

Ask Maria Noakes which "hat" she has on today and it can be one of many: Mom, wife, company co-founder, respected whitewater paddler, international traveler.... oh, and a girl not scared to compete against the big boys-as she so proved placing 18th overall in the Greenman Category of the 2008 Jerry's Baddle event on the Green Narrows just recently.Maria Noakes has been a familiar face on the whitewater circuit for a good long while now. It is never a surprise to run into her on any of the toughest runs in the southeast, or popping up in Nepal, Canada, Bhutan or her hometown rivers of New Zealand. She stands out in the paddling crowd not just because she is blond, athletic, and has a full-of-life personality, but because often she is not just toting her kayak on her shoulder, but one--or two of her tow-headed boys ages two and four. Try beating that!After placing 18th at the 2008 Jerry’s Baddle, we managed to pin Maria down for a few minutes(which is not always easy to do considering that her daily to-do l......

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