This past year I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to many different great kayaking destinations and I’ve spent most of my time far away from home. In the mean time, back at home, a group of friendly folks that call themselves Ozark Mountain Paddlers continued to show a lot of enthusiasm for the sport without me.
Now I sure hadn’t forgot about these people who got me started on the sport that I would eventually completely commit myself to, but I got caught up with moving forward and lost touch with them. When I got back home for spring break, I found out that Ozark Mountain Paddlers was having weekly pool sessions to do what they do best . . . bring new people into the sport of kayaking. I decided to show up for this to help teach and when I got there Ed McClung (club officer for safety and education) immediately handed me a monthly news letter with an article about me and my adventures with New River Academy. Later I talked to some other folks who were excitedly asking me questions like, “What’s the water like down in Chile?” and “How’d you get so lucky?” Many of them said they had been reading my blogs.
It was really a thrill to discover that the people involved in Ozark Mountain Paddlers still see me as one of their own. I guess it pays off to stay in touch with all those people that made a big difference in your life early on.