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Afternoon at the Lake, Part 1

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Last week I spent a gorgeous afternoon at the lake with some friends.
We had a grand time on the water with our feet kicked back, sunbathing, and catching up…

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

And kayaking! :)
Besides our honeymoon, I hadn’t been kayaking since my days at summer camp!

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

We packed a picnic lunch and spent the afternoon out on the water, soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Check out the bag of Doritos strapped to the back…
We weren’t taking any chances when it came to the snacks! :D

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Kayaking was an absolute blast,
and talk about an awesome core workout.

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Although it was a lot more relaxing than I thought it’d be… ;)

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

I was surprised it didn’t feel like a “workout” – I thought paddling would be hard or something.
Cause let me just put this out there –  I have zero upper body strength.
I can barely lift a gallon of milk.
But the next day, my abs felt super ripped.


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I would’ve never guessed we kayaked for over 4 miles!
Good thing we had the GPS to track our path.  :)

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

This is definitely the way to check email / Twitter / Facebook… :)

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Snapped a pic of my view…
It was a fantastic day to be outside.

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

This pretty much captures our afternoon…
But, uh, I don’t know about that face… the sun must’ve been bright or something!

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

This is Andy… He’s the photographer behind all the awesome pics up there. Thanks, Andy! :)
He brought his Canon 5D and 200mm f/2.8L lens along for the trip.
Loved that lens!

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We had so much fun, we decided to go again the next day! :)
Keep an eye out for those pics – I’ll post them first thing tomorrow! :)
But I’ll give you a sneak peek…

We brought the dogs along for the ride! :)

Kayaking on Flint Creek @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge & on the Flint River, Huntsville Alabama

Oh, Howie!

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See you tomorrow! :)
P.S. Sorry for posting a picture of my feet so early on a Monday morning. :D

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32 Responses
  1. Connie

    Oh, that looks like so much fun. Upper body strength is hard to come by, I think. Then there is always the gym!

    am trying some of your suggestions for getting into the html code. it’s terrifying. I started with <br*
    and I am slowly learning how to resize my pictures. I do like the large.
    I really want to learn how to use fancy handwriting for my titles, but I am getting stuck. Will keep at it, though.
    Your blog is great and you are so talented !
    Connie

  2. Mary Cardini- Anderson

    I have a wonderful river near by me so we have a brook that goes through our land. I love watching the people who Kyak right through. I am not able to do this activity any more but it is still fun to watch. I loved looking at all of your photos of both day one and 2. It looks as though you and your friends and your dogs all had 2 wonderful days of kyaking. Thank you for sharring the fun.

    Mary

  3. kristen

    Hey Amanda. Do you sharpen your images in photoshop? If so, can you do a tutorial on this. There is so much information out there about it and I am a little lost. PLEASE HELP!

  4. Shannon Clattenburg

    Hello!

    Your kayaking pictures have made me get the urge to find a place to rent one close to our house and just get out there! It looks fabulously relaxing!

    You were so lucky to have a photographer follow you around so you could great some great pictures to remember the serenity of it all! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jenny in Wellington, NZ

    Oh Amanda! First of all, that is a gorgeous colour on your toes. secondly, WOW what a gorgeous day, fabulous photos, and you all looked like you were having a lovely time. So envious – we’re just getting into autumn downunder :(

    Love to see how the dogs fared… Howie isn’t half a toadie, huh. :)

  6. carolanne carter

    Hi Amanda,

    The lake looks absolutely gorgeous and what better way to spend time with your girlfriends. Excellent photos, i have written the camera and lens down on paper to leave around. Maybe I’ll get it for mothers day. Have fun!!
    Carolanne

  7. Bree

    Your toes are cute!

    And I love the idea of low impact day on the river! Howey looks so cute! Can’t wait to see all the mess they got into! :)

  8. Katy Duncan

    Uh, helloooo…I LOVE your nail polish color! I kayaked in the Mediterranean almost TWENTY years ago, and you have inspired me to do it again! I know the local lakes here have kayaks available to rent. Thanks! (Making your creamy enchiladas for dinner again this week.) You rock!

  9. Molly in MN

    Man – I’m so jealous! That looks like a blast – the weather has been abnormally beautiful here, but the lakes/rivers we kayak are still very COLD!

  10. edy B

    What fun! Yes it’s OK to post those toes!
    I miss the AL lakes, etc. Living in NM is far from all that I grew up with in AL.
    Have fun!

  11. Dorothy

    That does it. I DO need to try out kayaking! We love canoeing, but have been talking about trying out this other form of water cruising. Maybe this will be the year? Hope so! Great pictures!

  12. Stephanie

    Oh Amanda – what great pics and it looks like you guys had a terrific time. You have inspired me to get out kayaking this spring and summer…and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks!

  13. Shawna

    Being a nail tech, I was definitely interested in your pedicure —- the picture looked suspiciously like it had been taken with you in a KAYAK. Being a paddler, also, this post was right up my alley – or should I say river. What a nice day you had! Paddle on….

  14. Mandy Smith

    Amanda
    You may remember me from TeenPact days:-) Its been a long time!

    This is so funny….someone just gave me a link to your tutorial because Im wanting to change up the fonts on my blog. Imagine my surprise when I found the genius behind all these great tips is YOU:-)

    How are you girl?

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