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Kayaking and swimming on Utah Lake

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So here we are.  I was lucky enough to finally have a chance to take the kayak out into Utah Lake a ways and see how it felt.  It was a lot of fun.  One thing that I noticed is that the low back on the seat is lacking for me.  Either I need to get used to it, or find a way to supplement the cushion (maybe with something like this.)

I’m still trying to get used to the balance of the Equinox 10.4.  I actually want to go to a shallow edge of the lake and start testing the tipping point.  It would help to know how far I can turn around (to get to storage), etc.

Apparently, the SSD also provides a place to take an accurate reading off of my Garmin 405

After I put the kayak back on the truck, I called to see how far out Lynn (brother in law) was from bringing his boat back in.  When he said 30 minutes, I decided to go for a swim.

I threw my Garmin 405 into my SSD bag and jumped in quickly, because the mosquitoes were, to put it kindly- abuzz.  Thousands of them.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that I was swimming against a little current, so it seemed to take forever to get to my halfway point.

It was quite an enjoyable swim, except that, because I was so close to shore, I kept swimming through reeds that were growing strait out of the water.  Sort of annoying.

At the halfway point, I took a minute to enjoy being out in the middle of the lake by myself, for the first time (I’m very cautious about swimming alone, but with the SSD, my chances of surviving a mishap are exponentially increased.

As I made my way back to shore, where my truck was parked, I ran from the water, at the same time deflating my SSD so that I could get to my keys.

In a recent Facebook post, I referred to myself as a “key demographic” for mosquitoes.  I was only sort of joking.  I ran to the truck, opened the door without a thought for how wet my seat would be, not having dried off, first.  I jumped in and watched them swarm outside the windows (see above pic)  as I kicked on the AC and let my heart rate slow a bit.

Every time I get the opportunity to swim in open water, it seals the deal for me.  Pools are boring to swim in.  They are manufactured and concrete, with ropes that take away any feel for current or natural flow.  They are overcrowded (I’m thinking Lehi Legacy Center- no offense, LLC), chlorinated, and predictable.

Yes, swimming in lakes and large bodies of water has drawbacks, as well- they are unsupervised, sometimes have careless boats, and contain unpredictable conditions and sometimes (like in Utah Lake), a “yuck” factor.

But for me, any negative is far outweighed by the feeling of freedom attained when swimming without walls.

**Domain alert.  After that last sentence, I checked www.godaddy.com to see if www.swimwithoutwalls.com was available.  It was.  Not any more.

www.swimwithoutwalls.com is born.

Signs of Life(Proof), Day 14

I’m reading posts and comments from LifeProof on Facebook and watching their videos on YouTube, while waiting for an order to start to ship.  It’s like patiently enduring the opening band as they stumble through, song after song.  You know that the headlining act will be worth it, but you wish someone would just hustle Frank Stallone offstage so that we can get to Tesla.

Days of LifeProof

Day 1, June 24, 2011:  I discover that there is something called LifeProof that will allow me to swim with no worry of damaging my phone.  LifeProof cookies hit my browser for the first time.

Day 2, June 25, 2011:  Became obsessed with my new Equinox Kayak and forgot about iPhone cases for a few hours.  Then I spent HOURS going over reviews and trying to find something that would work.  LifeProof stood out as something that would protect my phone and also possibly take over a year to get to my doorstep.

Day 3, June 26, 2011:  Pre-ordered my LifeProof case and received a confirmation email that I had done so.  I was excited and life was good.

Day 4, June 27, 2011:  No purchase link for me to click on.  I’m panicking.  Obviously, this is going to be a long year.

Day 5, June 28, 2011:  I am learning to focus on things other than LifeProof.  Today I scratched the same itch, over and over until it bled.  I feel like I’ve really accomplished something, here.

Day 6, June 29, 2011:  Stayed off of LifeProof’s Facebook page for over 19 minutes.  We’re checking, but pretty sure this is a record…

Day 7, June 30, 2011:  Anagram Alert:  Alarmed to discover that letters in “LifeProof” can be rearranged to create “Fire ‘O Flop.”

Day 8, July 1, 2011:  Suffering from a case of No Case.  Symptoms include inane and useless status updates.

Day 9, July 2, 2011:  For the sake of holding me over, I tried cobbling together 2 Ziploc bags, wrapped with cardboard and cellophane.  It’s a pretty snug fit for the iPhone, but the call quality is surprisingly bad.  We are working on a stylish arm band for jogging.  More on this, later.

Day 10, July 3, 2011:  StrongPhoneHolder Co. was shut down, only 12 hours into it’s creation.  The test phone got drenched in our Splash Test and investors (my wife) shirked.

Day 11, July 4, 2011:  4th of July!  Celebrated 11 days of some weird dependency on a phone case I’ve never physically handled.  Some kind of independence.

Day 12, July 5, 2011:  Looking for a tethering option for my LP.  I’d like to secure it to my kayak when I get out there…

Day 13, July 6, 2011:  Called LifeProof and verified that my pre-order was really in.  I think I might do this every couple of days, just to have something to do.

Day 14, July 7, 2011:  People are growing restless on the LifeProof Facebook page.  Mutiny.

 

Lucy in stitches

–Edit:  Just got a message from Erica at Intermountain Healthcare/American, who asked if she could share this post (and related pics) on their Facebook page.  With that, I’d like to share some omitted details.  The folks at Intermountain (AF) were awesome.  We got in fairly quickly (they were super busy) and they really had a sense of how to keep Lucy calm, as well as her parents.  Thanks for your help, guys!

This afternoon while Mom, Dad, Nancy, Mark, Nandy and Reed were at Cracker Barrel, I got a call from Wendy, who was in hysterics.  She was freaking out and all I could make out from her words was that Lucy had split either her lip or head and that she was bleeding profusely.

So we rushed out of the CB and I drove us up to American Fork Hospital where we met Lucy (Mom and Dad came with us.)  We got in rather quickly and they started to work on her.

First, they wrapped her head with pink tape (which held a numbing, icy thing in place over the cut.)  After 30 minutes, they took that off and gave her shots to do deeper numbing of the gash.  Once she was numb, they stitched her up.

It was really sad and to be honest, at one point, I had to put my head down on Lucy, because I thought I was going to pass out from watching the procedure.  Here are the horrific pictures, as well as the happy ending.

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