• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

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By The Light of The Moon

#22 – Take a moonlight paddle (canoe or kayak) down the Grand River

I’d been talking about doing this all summer. I figured the best time for a moonlight paddle would be under a full moon. Yet one full moon after another passed by and still it hadn’t happened even though our friends kept nudging me forward. You see, they have a house with property down to the Grand River, so all I needed to do was find the time.

Then Mother Nature intervened. In August, there was a “blue moon” – a second full moon in the same month. No more excuses!

I watched the skies all day, fingers crossed that the evening would be clear. And it was.

We headed to our friends’ house and, at dusk, we took the canoes, paddles, life jackets and flashlights down the hill As we prepared to embark, an enormous golden moon rose over the horizon.

Preparing to embark

I’ve canoed before, but I discovered that it’s quite a different experience in the dark! Even getting into the canoe was tricky because it was hard to see the edge of the bank (and it was a three-foot drop to the river). I also hadn’t thought about the challenge of taking photos at night with my little digital camera.

Eventually, with a lot of laughter and maneuvering, we were off, my friend’s 90-year old father included!

Everything looks and feels different at night. It was hard to see the edge of the bank, the trees loomed ominously into the sky, creating dark shadows in the river. We heard herons call as they flew past overhead, and strange bird sounds. And then silence, except for the occasional drips of our paddles and the gentle rippling of the low rapids.

Paddling in the golden moonlight

The river was very shallow. Most of the time, our paddles hit bottom. There were moments when both canoes stalled, grounded by sandbars. And other times when we glided along effortlessly, carried forward by the current.

Meanwhile, the glorious moon rose steadily in the sky, creating glistening trails on the water, lighting up our faces, and brightening the night.

Full moon silhouetting the skeleton of a tree

At one point, the peace and tranquility was shattered by a strong bump that shook our canoe. I thought we’d hit a rock. Then a large fish jumped out of the water on the other side of the canoe. Twice. Desperate to get away. It must have had quite a headache that night!

Gradually we made our way downstream and reluctantly pulled up onto shore at the bridge where we’d left a vehicle.

Another adventure crossed off my list, and this time in the company of good friends. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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