Monday, October 23, 2006

New Camera

Ordered a new camera; a Canon A530. Hopefully it will arrive in a few weeks with a friend who is coming down to visit.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Camera is Frito!

My Canon S-230 camera died after 3 years of steady use. I see this as a major weakness of the electronic age products. They do not do too well in extreme environments. One too many kayak trips did it in...even keeping the camera in a waterproof bag (designed for cell phones or GPS recievers). I need to get another digital I am thinking cheap...not small. My blog seems empty without photos.


Other news...Tania, my wife of 5 years, has been feeling pain in her left breast. We went to the doctor the other day and the doctor referred her to get a mammogram. We went this morning and the mammogram showed a "mothball"-sized (in her words) growth in her left breast and smaller ones in her right. I am worried...we are worried. Now what do we do? She'll get results back on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sea Kayaking

My sea kayaking takes a distance second to mtn biking, but when do go out and paddle, I really enjoy it.

Yesterday I went out with a teacher friend in the double. It was his first time out, but he's young and strong and figured he could handle some open water paddling.

We set out for an island 3 miles off shore, due north. The waves were coming in from the west, so were perpendicular to the boat.

A school of about 20 dolphins swam about 10 meters to our port side. We tried calling them over, but they weren't interested.

We reached the island but there was no place to land, so turned due east and we paddled another mile and 1/2 to my favorite island in the area, Isla Cachicamo (armadillo island), which is only about 200 m long and 50 m wide. Cachicamo has a couple of great features; one a barrier reef that protects the beach and doesn’t allow boats to land. There is one narrow pass through the reef which a kayak can pass either high or low tide. The second feature besides the nice beach is a great shady acacia tree on the east end of the beach (the only tree on the island…the rest is covered with cactus, thorny shrubs, and aloe plants.

Being the only people on the island, we pull the kayak above the high tide mark, get our coolers, and walk to the tree where we spend a couple of hours, eating our lunch, and watching boats pass. In my cooler was a Gatorade, a couple of sandwiches, and a 6-pack of Solera (premium beer) 250 ml cans. Those were probably the best beers I’ve had in Venezuela! What a place to enjoy them!

About 1:00 or so, we decide we need to head back, so we get back in the boat, and paddle about 2 nautical miles SSE to the east side of Isla de los Monos. We follow the shoreline of Isla Mono and round Punto de Oro, head WSW back to the marina were we started.

The total paddle was about 13 nautical miles.


Its been a while since my last post...actually I forgot I had this blog. Update in a nutshell, I returned to Venezuela in late July, in mid August, my wife, my 13-year old brother-in-law, and I went to Merida in the high Andes. I took my bike and did a couple of good rides including riding to Los Nevados from El Morro.

In Los Nevados, we scheduled a trip over the mountains on mule back to the tramway station #3 (4043 meters or 13,220 ft). The trip over was wet and rainy and Oscar got hypothermia. I gave up my horse and gave it to the Andean guide so they could get to the tram station faster. I walked in relative solitude over the pass at 4100 meters (13,410 ft). Fresh snow was above at about 4300 meters.

Once back down in thicker air of Merida (1700 meters or 5560 ft) Oscar warmed up and was feeling much better.

Work started again in late August. I've been riding my bike on weekends, including a short race where I placed 4th in my category (Clydesdales [90 kg or more]).