When it comes to you and your success, the challenge is almost always worth it. Don't ever let the fear of not succeeding stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. #shegoes
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When I arrived at the river it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The river was raging a thick chocolate like liquid, all the rocks were covered forming some massive holes. Fortunately, I was able to get on the river with my friend and paddling partner Josh Larsen, we paddled that surging ocean of a river to south of Glacier as we were chased downstream by trees and rocks, it was a truly surreal experience.
The past 4 weeks have been a whirlwind of new rivers, stout drops, hucking waterfalls, endless hours of paddling, new and old friends, a lot of driving, spending more time in my sleeping bag then my bed...
This is where I spent the majority of August, clocking in 51 laps down Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth, WA over the past 4 weeks. Here's an edit of my last lap through the Canyon, enjoy! #shegoes
Is it winter or spring? It may be January, but I've found myself a bit seasonally confused lately. With the lack of snow and zero sum of powder days I've logged in the mountains this season, I've been spending more and more time kayaking, mountain biking, wearing less clothing, and perfecting my goggle tan.
There was only one thing I truly wanted more than anything on my 23rd birthday: to go kayaking! After class that morning, I picked up my kayaking gear from home, and headed to Glacier to meet Kierstin, Roy, and Michael at Horseshoe Bend on the N. Fork, Nooksack River. I picked up Jessica in Deming on the way, I couldn't have been more excited for an incredible afternoon on the river with some of my favorite people. I was first to the put-in and was stoked to see a kayak, which rarely seems to happen out here. His name was Josh and I invited him to join us! The river was at a fairly stout flow for the Bend section. At 1,050 cfs, it was the highest Kierstin and I had ever run the upper Class IV/V section...wooh!!
With an incredible crew we made our way down river, it was fast and pushy, but super fun. I haven't swam in a while, so I was not entirely expecting to surf a hole at the S-turns or swim out of it. Following my swim, I had a tough decision to make as we approached the Bend, I was a bit rattled from my swim and the water was big today, was I going to collect myself and run this or not? I realize swims are going to happen, I can't be so tough on myself all the time; they are an opportunity to learn and grow. I committed to every move as I entered Bench Drop, I took the middle line and boofed hard, then I eddied out and waited for Kierstin, I am so fortunate to have this woman as a boating buddy and a great friend. She is incredibly supportive, and we always have a ridiculously good time. We made our way through the next rapid and before I knew it, I was making my way through SAT. The moves were quick and the strokes were powerful. As I approached the last move, I was unable to get where I wanted to be in time and had to quickly adjust, I lined myself up and paddled hard into the frothing monster of a hole. I came to a sudden stop and started surfing, it's been a while since I've been worked in a hole like that! I surfed out and was exctatic, I had made it to the bottom in my boat, but then I looked down - I was chest deep in the water; my skirt had imploded. Darn! At the takeout booty beers were definitely in order...mhmm (I even used Kierstin's booty)! Needless to say we managed to find ourselves at Chair 9 soon after, I bought everyone a pitcher for recovering my gear. We gave a cheers and somehow our pitcher kept refilling itself. The birthday celebrating continued late into the night; from singing Macklemore, to dancing, to wrestling on pool tables, I couldn't have been happier. I was with some of the most amazing friends; I feel so incredibly blessed, I can't wait to see what 23 holds, I hope it's full of new adventures, big waterfalls, and even college graduation; I couldn't be more excited!!!
It is largely a result of our support of one and other, encouragement, and the fact that we just have such a damn good time playing together that makes all we do possible in the first place!