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Sep 13th, 2016

Monday, September 12 – It’s my first day of my senior year of college, and I should be flying out of bed and bustling about and getting myself organized. Instead, I feel the need to be quiet for a bit. There’s a stillness to this morning that I want to honor. One month ago at this time, 7:12 AM, I received a message that stopped me in my tracks. I’d just returned to the US after a research trip to the Philippines. I was curled up on the couch at my friends’ house, nursing my jet lag and working up the stamina to head into the lab, when words that I didn’t want to see appeared on my iPhone screen  Read More The post Death and love and the river running through appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Aug 29th, 2016

In early March, I sent Anna Levesque a cold call e-mail asking to get involved in Girls at Play. I had been traveling in New Zealand and my letter of inquiry included a line that summed up my latest truth: “I think that there is a cultural stereotype that women are held back by fear [in whitewater kayaking], but in my experience it is simply that they want to be intentional.” I still think this is true, but I was missing something. In the last year, I have intentionally expanded my boating experience both in variety and challenge. I did the most multi-day trips ever: a 9 day self-support on the Salmon River in Idaho, 11 days on the Grand  Read More The post Getting Intentional: Putting Play into Practice appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Aug 12th, 2016

The sun was bright at 10:30am. 23 women milled around the Ocoee public takeout in clusters. I kept going around introducing myself with so many new faces. More were not even part of our group, but saw us and commented “I wish I was paddling with you all today! That looks SO fun!” After a setting shuttle and choosing our lines through Grumpy’s, we gathered in an eddy just below, lining up for stern squirts and turning heads in a way that only 23 women laughing and playing on the water can do. We broke up into groups for the day, making sure everyone was comfortable with a beta buddy to make their way down. I had never run the Ocoee.  Read More The post Ladies Southeast Paddling Series – Ocoee appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 27th, 2016

Saturday on the Pigeon River 19 women gathered in the sunshine to celebrate Shannon’s memory. With paddle games, surf stops, stern squirts and splashes, we whisked around the water way. Dropping down eddy by eddy, surf stop by surf stop, everyone had a buddy to cheer and congratulate as after each surf, squirt, ender or roll, ladies came up smiling.   A huge Thank you to Dave Crawford and Rapid Expeditions for donating time to run our shuttle on a busy weekend morning! Arriving back at our cars, we found a pocket of shade for our raffle. Ladies walked away with some sweet swag this week including a Patagonia handbag and hat, Dagger shirt, Kokatat top, Werner hats and a  Read More The post Ladies Southeast Paddling Series – Pigeon appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 19th, 2016

This past weekend I had three ladies come out to an Intro to Whitewater Clinic. We experienced both sunshine and a thunderstorm together, worked with wet exits, strokes, ferries and eddies. What really struck me was that in the face of something new, these ladies inner strength, light and laughter shone through. Approaching things from a place of “I can” has such a strong impact on our ability to follow through. When we set our minds to something, it then shifts not to a question of our ability, but a focus on the logistics, the execution, the real work that needs to be done to accomplish the goal. If we have concerns about what we are doing, fear of flipping over, fear of  Read More The post When you want something you’ve never had… appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 15th, 2016

  Our final intermediate clinic of the season was serenaded with summer sunshine, sweet smiles and so much Torso Rotation! Our ladies traveled from Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina to convene on the French Broad where we worked the rivers current and got intimate with her many eddies! Saturday we reviewed strokes, emphasizing using torso rotation in each of them. We had fun with a number of drills (or should I say sweet river dance moves??) that left us all feeling like we’d done the robot (Torso rotation in boat maintaining paddlers box), the lawn mower (Cross tap front of boat, forward stroke) and the reverse shopping cart (stern Draw). We also practiced catching and peeling out of eddies, stern  Read More The post Intermediate Whitewater Clinic appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 8th, 2016

Last Tuesday during the Carolina Canoe Club Week of Rivers, Girls at Play held a novice clinic on the Tuckaseegee Gorge. This run was complete with a downpour, bald eagle sighting and a successful run by everyone through double drop! We practiced strokes, ferries, eddy catching and had no trouble having a great time! What I loved about teaching a ladies Novice clinic at the Carolina Canoe Club event is how it’s such a family affair, the whole boating tribe shows up! The spectrum of women who came out for our clinic spanned an age range of 50 years and included those who this was their first time down the Tuck Gorge, others who had run it several times. While  Read More The post Ladies Novice Clinic CCC WOR appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 7th, 2016

Wednesday on waters of the Nantahala, 18 Ladies gathered together to honor Shannon and the river with their laughter, smiles and festive merriment! Anytime you bring a group of ladies on the water together, support, attention and general silliness ensues! From Ferebee through Nantahala falls we eddy hopped, ferried, boofed and bonded. With lunch at the surf stop, we got a chance to catch a bite and the wave across the way. After a scout of Nantahala falls, everyone got to choose a line through with plenty of buddies at the bottom to back them up. Endless River Adventures generously provided us a shuttle back up to Ferebee for snacks and our raffle in the sun. 47 raffle tickets were  Read More The post Ladies Southeast Paddling Series – Nantahala appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 5th, 2016

Some days, I really just wish I was kayaking. I wish I was still in the Southeast, where I could get up and go creeking before work on a weekday. I wish that work still meant guiding some eager, excited souls down whitewater for the first time and watching them come to life as kayakers. I consider the fact that this is the first summer of my life since graduating high school that I haven’t dedicated to teaching kayaking, and I feel miserable, wondering if I’ll ever do it again, wondering if I will ever be paddling at the same level again. As I remain on dry land in order to explore other passions, I feel an overwhelming sense that  Read More The post The grass is just as green: Coming home from a big adventure appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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Jul 1st, 2016

Each night for the last week, as the sun begins to color the sky and the temperatures finally drop down from the heat of the day, I’ve found my way out to Woodfin Park. In this daily routine, I go over basic strokes, rolls and maneuvers. I notice how the grip of my paddle in my hand at different angles adjusts, ever so minorly (or majorly) the way the boat and water and my body move in relationship with one another. I pay attention to my torso rotation and try to notice the differences it establishes in each of my movements. I watch my paddlers box, how are my arms? Where do my hands in relationship to my body? I  Read More The post The Power of Practice appeared first on Girls At Play, LLC - WaterGirlsAtPlay.com....

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