By: joealaska , 5:45 PM GMT on August 19, 2014

Still having trouble uploading photos. There is a new page that starts OK and then it just stops. I found a way around it, but I have to load a photo, get out, get back in, and load another. So not a lot of photos lately.

Sunday was the first day in a few that looked sunny and warm. Bruce my buddy had been concerned about cold water temperatures. I may die 30 different ways, but I do not see drowning as one. Still, Bruce knocked on my screen door and said KAY? I responded YAK.

Even though I had charcoal burning, we were on our way in 45 minutes. We headed for SULLIVAN LAKE a few miles away. He had a friend who had a couple kayaks tied up on shore. We got them untied and stumbled on slick rock and 3 feet of water on shore to get to a much shallow stretch where we could get in. We took it slow and steady, as it was obvious stability was not a high priority with these boats. I got in with no problem, even though I could see one bad move would be an issue. Suddenly I was headed out on the open water of a lake maybe one mile wide by 5 miles long. We were not slowed down by any of that training crap…

We stayed near shore, but maybe a few hundred feet or so. It was overcast and dead cam at first. The paddling was easy, but it took a while to keep a straight course. I did feel it was a constant job in maintaining balance. I could see someone rolling over with little cause.

But it was lazy ride today. I could get a little speed going and coast for 30 seconds. The water was crystal clear and I could see the bottom 30 feet below. Along one stretch of beach we saw about 10 golf balls down below us. What crazy person would do this?

We crossed the entire lake at its northern tip, where the swimming beaches were. Then we came back. The wind did pick up a bit, and the smooth surface was made choppy.

It lasted less than two hours, but I was happy. Oh, I did have my cell phone in my pockets, and they were wet right away. I heard some frantic beeping at one point, and it was a job getting my phone out of wet tight short pants pockets. That balancing thing and all. But she seems to have made it OK, after 2 days of drying out. The inside screen did not come back until a day later. Will test it later today by calling home.

A couple days ago I was talking to HARRY, a nice guy camping out next to me. He and his wife are up there in years, and he is looking pretty frail. Cannot hear very good either. His wife seems to be picking up the slack. Setting up an RV is not rocket science, but there is some physical work involved.

I was talking to him and babbling on about something, and he is facing me and my RV is behind me. In my mid sentence his eyes bugged out and he yells THAT CAT WENT THROUGH YOUR DOOR! He did not know about Dutchie, so I am sure he was surprised to see her break into LEGGS. The scree door has a handle that works from both sides via a port in the screening. It is about 10" by 10" with a sliding hatch door that can be closed to keep out the bugs, or opened to use the handle from the other side. Often this hatch is just left open, and Dutchie has LEARNED. Early in the trip she figured how to get out through it. From the inside steps leading out the door, she just hops out having to go up about 2 feet, through the hatch on the fly, then dropping down to the ground about 4 feet. I still have not seen her actually do it. Must be impressive. To come back in she just climbs up the screen and wiggles in. Which is what HARRY saw. I have learned to shut that hatch all the time now. I still catch Dutchie on one side of that door or another checking to see if HER DOOR is open up top.

Poor Harry.

We are in Thompson Falls, Montana now. Another great campsite. More later, looking at playing course #690 today, BLUE SLIDE.

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7. WunderAlertBot
2:36 AM GMT on August 21, 2014
joealaska has created a new entry.
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6. dotmom
7:17 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
Is that a remote controlled helicopter?
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5. joealaska
6:46 PM GMT on August 20, 2014

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4. insideuk
1:04 PM GMT on August 20, 2014
If you continue to have problems loading photos then place a comment detailing the issue in the SENSITIVETHUG BLOG. That seems to be the place to let those behind the scenes at WU know when their new toys aren't working. I went through the official email procedure to tell them that their photo multi-upload wasn't working on ipads several months ago, and whilst they admitted they had a problem they officially did sod all about it. Then I heard they had a whole new upload system in the pipeline, seems like its been made 'live' for the usual guinea pigs (WU USERS) to find all sorts of faults with.

Just like they did with the website update, little product testing seems to go on before launch day. You and Bruce have that in common with WU.

If WU made kayaks you'd be risking life and limb just getting it off the beach first time.

Oh, you did, didn't you?

It's a shame lakes don't come with kayak bays to make it safer getting in, kind of like when you use steps to mount a horse? Only maybe a download slide would work better with kayaks? Loading a whole human body in one fell swoop rather than getting in limb by limb would help with the balancing act wouldn't it?

Maybe not so much for those with electronics in their pockets. Bit splashy? More deliberate pocket electric shock treatment was it? Apparently you should place wet phones into a bag of rice for a couple of days. Though if that advice actually works I'd imagine it is swiftly followed by a trip to the local hospital to remove a long grain or two from the ear canal.

I'm willing to bet there was little, if any, discussion between Joseph and Bruce on the benefits of buoyancy vests and helmets too?

And your one functioning (and absolutely essential to drive) pair of glasses could so easily have joined all the golf balls at the bottom of that clear water had you taken a sideways roll without attaching a piece of elastic between your ears.

In fact there was probably only one thing you had with you that was truly suited to the kayaking expedition.

No matter what happened to you or Bruce out on that lake, those bloody hideous camouflage plastic shoes would have bobbed up to the surface and made it back to shore to survive another day...
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3. osdianna
4:21 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
Glad to hear the kayaking went well...didn't think much of the balancing once on the water; I was always thinking about getting in and out of the thing...not a pretty sight in my case.

The golf balls in the water thing...I don't know what it is about the beach, but it often brings out the desire to hit a ball hard off into water, even with a perfectly good driving range two blocks away in my case. I find golf balls out on the beach all the time, and often enough, they have been in the surf a while. Must be the same recessive gene that causes people (especially young men) to do "donuts" on the beach....a practice that has gotten a few of them killed in roll-overs in the deep sand. Of course, alcohol was a factor, in the roll-overs, not necessarily in the case of hitting golf balls on the beach.

When I logged on to WU to read your post (9pm..pacific), there was a big orange blob sitting right over Thompson Falls. Nothing about the storm in the forecast....surprise!
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2. dotmom
12:39 AM GMT on August 20, 2014
I'm like Miyuki - thought maybe Harry had a stroke after seeing the cat. All's well that ends well. Sounds like you and Bruce had a good time with the kayaking. Sounds beautiful - the clear water. Not exactly like the Ohio River and water sports. Take good care of those sweet kitties. xxo
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1. miyuki
9:41 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Whew, I thought you were going to say that HARRY fell ill while talking to you.
Maybe you should write a book about Dutchies travels, or perhaps you've mentioned that b/4.
How is Fluff? She doesn't seem to make the news in your blogs lately.
Thanks for sharing you summer fun with us Joe!
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