One day I’m in the pool, the next day I’m wearing a scarf. I live in a place that I knew nothing about before moving and so I’m experiencing and taking each moment as it comes. I had no clue before I moved here what a dust storm or monsoon or a haboob in the summer meant or that fall and winter in the desert meant cool sweater weather mornings/evenings but mostly mild afternoons. Each day is a new experience with new people, new places, new roads, new culture. I miss familiarity like crazy but I was craving new experiences so I’ll continue to go with the flow and eventually these places and people will be my new familiar too.
I’ve been living in Arizona for a month and two days, so it was time to do some serious exploring and meet new friends. I spent some time during the past couple weeks researching activity groups. I finally found this group called “Purposeeker” – and it was just right. It was created by two awesome individuals and I’m so glad to have found them. I saw that they had an upcoming adventure planned for Saturday, September 3rd – “Take Me Kayaking.” I had never been kayaking before but always wanted to go. It was perfect timing. I started to feel a bit homesick last week, and I knew I’d need to book something fun for Labor Day weekend so I wouldn’t have time to get homesick again.
I got information from the site, but I wanted to get more of a feel for what this adventure entailed so I sent an email to get more information. Fab got back to me quickly and let me know that it would be a great day and that the group would be about 10 people. That was a perfect size – not too many people where I’d get lost in the shuffle – but enough people for a fun time.
On Saturday, we all met in Scottsdale. I introduced myself to everyone and they were all very welcoming and friendly. Laly, the other organizer handed out whistles (that she bought Party City) – in case we had an emergencies on our kayaks. Safety first! 🙂
We piled into Fab’s car and headed on the journey to Saguaro Lake. The drive up was beautiful. Like most roads in Arizona – it was filled with beautiful mountains and cacti. When we got there, Laly and Fab set up a beautiful picnic breakfast along the lake and under a peaceful tree. We filled up on delicious bagels (loved that almond cream cheese!) and fruit.Kayaking along the waters was easier than I thought it was going to be. It was surreal seeing all the beautiful, serene scenery. A highlight for me was seeing wild horses eating along the water.
We kayaked for about 2-3 hours total and we stopped twice to take a break and a dip. I was so excited to take a dip in the salt water. August is usually the month I’m driving down the shore to get my beach days in. This was the first August of my life with no beach days. Maybe that also contributed to my homesickness! Anyway, lucky for me my withdrawal was over after taking a dip in these waters. So refreshing. Note to self: bring water shoes next time – the water was rocky, but it was worth it! We were shocked to see what looked like seashells – definitely have to google that and see what that was about. After snacking on sweet rice rollers, playing with the “riverweeds” and having a rock stacking contest it was time to get back in the kayaks.
Eventually, we made it to the end of the kayaking adventure and it was time to head back for our lunch picnic. So glad this group likes to eat as much as I do. I was contemplating bringing my own snacks, but I never did. Thankfully, there was plenty of food and drinks all throughout the day. The picnic lunch consisted of turkey wraps, chicken salad, cheese, strawberries, guacamole, veggies with dip, corn chips, pitas, and chocolate chip cookies.
After lunch, Laly led a group meditation. We thought about all that we are grateful for and took time to send love to those we felt need it. We took time to appreciate all the goodness in our lives. We all had so much to be thankful on that day – especially the fact that we didn’t need to use the whistles! Great day had by all!