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Kayaking

Hi,
I just got back from kayaking out at the park. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved it my mom and i started out with a few tandems. One was kind of like a canoe in design, the next one was a sit on top kayak. I really liked that one. Then we did a more traditional shell kayak that one was cool too. Then i got in some singles, that was so fun. They told me i was a natural. It was real easy after i learned how to turn. Its cool how the feel of the water alone could tell me if i was nearing someone or something. I can't wait to go again. They also told me i was a speed demon. When i stepped out of the last single i road in and pulled out my cane the people around me that were in the water with me were so surprised my mom told me they had some of the best expressions of surprise shes seen in a while. i can't wait to do it again. It was so much great.

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Sounds like you had a great kayaking, great stuff! I enjoy kayaking too, but it has been like 2 and a half years since the last time.

Keep getting out there! And, keep us posted!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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That sounds fun.


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Today at school, i told one of the teachers about how it feels kayaking and we got in a pretty heated argument especially by my standards. They didn't seem to understand no matter what i said. i even gave them names of some totally blind whitewater kayakers. i guess they'd have to walk in my shoes to understand but it just infuriated me. They seemed to have had the same opinion as my EX EC teacher. I'm still a little worked up about it. How can i make someone understand it, they still don't understand vision isn't everything. i wonder if i were to show them that film setting on my iphone that resembles it on a general day would make any difference. i think my remaining vision is just making things even more difficult to understand for them and its not even all that useful. I can't see past the bow of the kayak clearly and i'm used to trying to figure out blurs in general. Then their's also the fact that i have no clue what's beside me unless i turn my head completely. It's just stressing me out, the funny part about it is the people at demo day i talked to could understand it perfectly within reason. I think after i graduate or even after i get out for summer i will distance myself from the people at school as much as i possibly can, but that will be hard to especially since that ex EC teacher has made it where i can't even go to church anymore in my home area. I hate it, it seems that every time i try to better myself, someone punishes me for it. If it weren't for you guys and my mom i don't think i would of made it this far.


My mom and i are planning to rent either a tandem or two singles this weekend depending on the weather and go out at Heganstone park. To help me get my mind off of school, the atmosphere is stressing me out worse than usual and i don't even have anything to stress about at this point other than navigating FFA day this friday.
Joe, do you have any recommendations for me as far as anchoring my cane to my kayak? At demo day they put it on a table so i didn't have to worry about misplacing it or dropping it in the water.
Also do you have any ideas on how i can make things like my vision clearer to people? People are asking me to explain something i can't even explain to myself.


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Yeah, often people will say that it is hard to live in the world between blind and sighted, explaining what you can see and what you can't see. It is an experience because it is different for everyone, and most persons can't grasp that your vision can vary by the day even.

There are a lot of people with vision loss out doing adventure and activities such as kayaking. There are people who sail in competition who are blind or visually impaired.

I tied my cane to my boat and other time utilized my oar as a cane. I lost a cane once from a canoe. My friend who had never been in canoe, she tipped us. I lost my cane, and learned from that lesson. I learned to tie my cane in or put it in a waterproof bag that floats, and tie that to my boat. I had to right the canoe after it tipped, which allowed me to use training from boy scouts from a long time ago. Good times.

Kayaking is a lot of fun, just get out there and do it! You have the right attitude, and you will find people who don't understand. All you can do is try, you will get frustrated, but stay calm and don't waste too much time fretting over others' preceptions.

Keep having fun and making experiencing life.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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I think skydiving is better.


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