October 7, 2011 – Day 29 – 6.5 miles
Coulds dotted the sky for the first time in a week this morning, but the day heated up quickly all the same. Southern winds increased their presence as the day when on. I spoke to my sister on the phone and she told me that this area is under a “severe weather watch” with wind speeds increasing to 40 mph at midday.
Upon hearing this news I headed directly to an island about a half a mile downstream. I set up camp, ate lunch, and walked the perimeter of this football field sized island all before noon. Without a sandy shore, and with it’s muddy interior, it’s not the best of places to spend a stranded afternoon, but it’s a place. The wind ripped through the trees all day, but I’ve found a well protected area near the center with spots of sunlight to enjoy. I am eager to get back to days where I can paddle more, but swimming in the river and drying off in the hot sun all day is a great substitute.
“If you unconsciously live a conscious life, you can never be poor.”