Lake Sumner sits in the high desert in New Mexico, a result of the damming of the Pecos River.
I finally got to kayak on the lake my last day there. ￼Temp was getting up to 60 with an overcast sky.
After 10 days of wind and whitecaps, I was thrilled to see what I thought were calm waters.
Paddling out through gentle waves in the cove, I was caught unawares out on the open water with waves coming at me from all sides…
The wind picked up…. My little boat getting tossed every which way but straight….
It was a mile across to the other shore. I only know this because I turned on an app called “map my ride” before starting out.
Every time I saw a wave coming I paddled to get on top of it so that it wouldn’t come in the boat and swamp me….
At the time I couldn’t allow myself to be scared because I just had to keep paddling….. nonstop… for a mile…..
It was the longest mile I ever paddled in 22 years of kayaking.
Then… I had to turn around and paddle back … All I could say was… Here we go again.
Getting back to shore, the most exhilarating feeling came over me….
It is great to be alive ~