I have two primary flaws. The first, wanderlust. Bob knows this. I like to think it’s one of my many charms, along with my burger infatuation. (Aside: My burger love is definitely worth teasing me about. I’ve lied to Bob before about what I had for dinner. I later came clean about that lie, but only because I got caught.) Back to this wanderlust though. Bob thinks of me before he thinks of himself, and when he thought of what might curb my lust for adventure, he found the only solution. So, we signed up for the Saskatoon Canoe Club. I found myself free to kayak down the South Saskatchewan River whenever the impulse struck. Honestly, it helped so much.
The first time we went, we enjoyed ourselves so much. Our second outing I enjoyed even more because Bob snapped some gorgeous photos, we ventured out of our kayaks into the shallow river bank, midstream, and Bob fell in when we returned to the dock ↓. That’s right folks. Raging rapids didn’t tip him, nor did the infamous Saskatchewan current. No, this was all him. Thankfully, his iPhone and car keys survived the splash, but we were a little worried for a minute.
Kayaking became my escape for the summer. I eagerly anticipated our Portland trip and adventures on the coast, but the lead up held shimmering sunsets, and a little bit of city wildlife. I ventured out on my own a few times, including just a few weeks ago, when Autumn set in and turned our riverbank golden. That time alone took my breath away, and I really felt grateful for time to be surrounded by wildlife, before they all fled our bitter winter. Kayaking gave me the chance to have a beaver swim nearby, see a few fish, and of course the usual geese and ducks. I appreciated Saskatchewan a little bit more in those moments.
This is where The Adventures of Bob and Shan really comes to life. Our reality means we can’t always head out on trips, but we can take time to appreciate what we have. Saskatoon boasts a beautiful riverbank, and several bridges I took snaps of when I had the chance. My little escape in the city brought me so much happiness, and I’m already looking forward to the next season.
Enjoy every moment.
P.S. Bob was eventually able to make it out of his kayak without falling in ↓.