• Garth Schmeck

Fall, on the water...

This time of year we all tend to miss the sunny days of summer, however fall holds its own beauty. The changing of the leaves and beautiful clouds painting the sky reminds us of the ever changing world in which we live and play on. One of the most important things you can do, to embrace the changing of the season, is to spend some time outside appreciating all its glory.

It’s time to change the arsenal of clothing, gear and even the craft sometimes. I personally change from my road bike to the gravel bike or mountain bike or vice-versa. If I’ve been kayaking I’ll switch to the canoe or vice-versa. Change is good, it helps reset our brains that this is a different time, different weather and different way to play. This prevents us from getting static or caught in a rut of eventual burnout. All of us have a favorite sport and it’s ”best season“ for maximum enjoyment and that’s why the change of the season can change the way we feel about the sport we’re doing at the time. It’s common to hear my friends complain about the weather and how it was better to ride or paddle last month. That’s the reason we need healthy change.

Last weekend I grabbed the canoe, wife and dog and headed out to “embrace” the weather. On the way, the rain started to change my attitude and I just wanted to turn around and go home. Frustrated, we continued to the lake to see if it was any different on the water and to our surprise it was. It was beautiful! Half excited and half worried I unloaded the canoe and we launched. It was magical... downright awesome. I took this photo and others like it that reminded me of why I love doing what I do.

So take my advice and dare to make a change, but even more importantly, just get outside and play. You’ll be glad you did.


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