OK, they haven't won the World Series yet. But the first game was a great start and I'm taking all the credit for it. Truthfully, I'm not really much of a Giants fan (or even a baseball fan anymore). But you gotta love the scrappiness of this team. And when they made the World Series and I got an email from Neil asking if I'd be interested in going down to game one and paddling to McCovey Cove. It was actually his wife's idea - she's the real Giants fan. So we checked around to find out where to launch (Pier 52) and see about parking (everyone laughed us when we asked). Our plan was to head down early to figure it all out and then spend the night in the cove 'watching' the game.
Neil and I decided to go with whitewater boats - the paddle to the cove was only a about a mile and we figured it was going to be crowded in there. And it was. We were able to get a couple of orange and black Jackson Villians so we were in Giants' colors. I added 'GIANTS' to the bottom of my boat with Gorilla tape and planned on rolling for every Giants' score. But I have to admit I gave up after they scored six runs in the fifth inning. The blow out victory made for a very relaxed scene - most people were just there to enjoy some camaraderie and have a little party. We didn't actually see much of the action (occasioinal glimpse of the jumbotron or big screen TV on the back of a yacht) but sure had a good time. If the series goes to a game six next Wednesday we might just head back down.
My kayak memoir, A Paddler's Journey, is now available in paperback and eBook formats. Through tales of adventure and misadventure, share my experienced on my journey from eager novice to seasoned expert and professional instructor. More details on the website: www.APaddlersJourney.com
Most of my adult life has been spent teaching and managing one thing or another. A decade ago I discovered kayaking and after spending a few years enjoying the sport I decided to try to make it my career. I have taught kayaking, guided trips, managed kayak schools and now I am documenting the sport for fun and profit (mostly fun).
PaddleBC documents my seven week road trip to British Columbia, including a solo circumnavigation of Moresby Island (Queen Charlottes).