Sunday Morning Shorts: Week 4

Short stories told by our ambassadors. Each week a different prompt! 
Grab some coffee - Grab a seat

What is an experience you have had in nature that is only funny in retrospect?

When my husband and I first met, we took a 2 day canoe trip down the Quinebaug River, or at least we tried to. Early in the trip I had to pee and couldn’t hold it any longer. Stephen had to pull the canoe over in an eddy, but before I could hop out, the current turned us broadside, flipped our canoe and pinned it against a boulder. The canoe filled with water and all our gear washed away down the river. We tried in vain for 30 minutes to free it. As I walked back to shore, soaked, bruised and freezing, I heard a mighty groan and saw the canoe fly past me onto the bank of the river. Stephen was standing triumphant in the cold water. He had just hulk lifted his favorite boat out of the water like a mom freeing her child from under a car. Gear-less and wet in cold temperatures meant we had to call for a pick up. We spent the rest of the weekend eating pizza and watching the Aliens anthology. -Maria

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      Something flashed into my periphery and headed straight for my twin brother, John. Being a curious elementary school student, he was crouched to observe a tropical flower in Malaysia's largest national park, Taman Negara. His hands, held behind his back, held the granola bar he had been snacking on. And then suddenly, the mysterious  object heading straight for him came into focus. It was a large monkey who stealthily snatched the granola bar from John's hand and quickly returned to his post on a fence, where he quickly consumed the snack. At the time, I was terrified of the monkey, but in hindsight, I can laugh and reflect on all the fond memories made during that fantastic vacation. -Michael 

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Class III rapids, a short introductory lesson, and five guys with kayaks. It doesn’t seem like a bad combination until you factor in the fact that only two of us had any whitewater kayaking experience. After our brief safety lesson for our friends, we thought we were in pretty good shape! With myself and the other experienced paddler eddied out at the bottom of the rapids, we got front row seats to the chaos that ensued. Our first friend made it down the rapid set, pulled out of the eddy, and immediately flipped himself over. One down. As he floated down the next rapids upside down, another friend attempted to perform a rescue, only to flip himself over. Two down. While I was trying to sort out our two swimmers, our last friend flipped while eddying out at the bottom. Three down. Three friends, three wet exits, one lost paddle. While the next half an hour of draining kayaks and finding floating gear were the last things I wanted to do, upon reflection all I can do now is laugh.  -Alex

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When I found out I was going to be leading a kayaking trip through the Inside Passage of Southeastern Alaska, I Immediately went out and bought a brand new Martin Backpacker Guitar. I had never been out for 45 days, but the idea of live music on the ocean sounded truly amazing.  I spent hours attempting to jerry-rig a system that would keep my guitar safe and dry, but ultimately I underestimated the pervasiveness of salt water. Within 2 days the strings were starting to corrode, and within a week a string had popped and the body of the guitar was starting to warp. By the end of the 2nd week the guitar was deformed, without several strings, and utterly unusable. While at this point I was tempted to repurpose it as firewood, I had a warranty on the guitar, and I intended to see if I could get a replacement upon returning home. So I lugged it around for the entirety of the 6 week trip, and when I got home (the guitar at this point looked about 200 years old), I called up the guitar shop and explained the story. Without ever verifying my story or asking to see my guitar, they gave me a brand new Martin Backpacker. While I was thrilled they replaced it, I was certainly annoyed that I had lugged this useless dilapidated guitar around for no reason. -Lloyd

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