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Saturday, September 01, 2007

On Green Turtle Pond

Well, congratulations to Krista (coffespaz) for correctly guessing a canoe! Letty was close though in first mentioning a boat. And my sister, well, I don’t know why she said she hoped it wasn’t a boat!

Yes, this beautiful hand-crafted canoe was gifted to Rick by a good friend. We are both in awe of this gift and it is truly one of the most wonderful gifts he or I (hey, I get to share the joy!) have ever been given. It’s very special. We are beyond words of thanks. What a wonderful gift. We’ve had a canoe before, in Colorado, and presently it lives at our mountain cabin there. But it’s like riding in a cold, tin can (it’s aluminum) and can’t compare with the craftsmanship represented here.

This morning we loaded it up onto the Suburban and headed down to our local Green Turtle Pond. You’ve seen it before here in my blog. Where I walk the dogs, where Bart liked to wade, where the swans were this past winter.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Ahoy, mates! Strap on your PFDs and prepare for the maiden voyage! (PFDs = personal flotation devices; better known as life vests)

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

From the moment that we launched her (well, boats are always referred to as “she” aren’t they?) it was sublime bliss. She glided through the water effortlessly and every so silently. The only sound was our paddles hitting the water and the water dripping off them.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

We paddled into one of the coves to get used to maneuvering again. It’s kind of like riding a bicycle; once you know how it comes back quickly.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

After getting our canoe skills back, we then headed for the open water. I hope we weren’t over zealous, but we paddled the perimeter of the entire pond, which is really like a small-ish lake to me. Probably about a mile. Here I am doing my bit, but thank heavens I don’t have to steer.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

But the real work comes from behind:

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Someone has to start things and this tree may have gotten a bit ahead of the others in prepartion for winter.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Wait, Rick says, what’s that in the water ahead? Looks like a turtle ... whoa ... it IS a turtle. Image a turtle in Green Turtle Pond! How very apropos and how very timely. Thank you, Mr. Turtle! Looks like a Snapper to me ... what a tail!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

As we headed for the boat ramp we couldn’t help but think once again how lucky and grateful we were to be given this gift.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Comments:

obviously this is one gift that you will be able to enjoy for years to come.  What an amazing thing to do for someone. 

You actually have turtles in Turtle Pond? Wooaa!

what a beautiful boat - perfect for the beautiful river.

What a beauty!!! You can’t find something that well crafted everyday anymore. How very special for your friends to make the canoe for you.  I love the pond too. grin

how lucky to be given such an amazingly made canoe! and to see a turtle! lukcy lovely lynne!
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