On the weekend, I had the opportunity to say thank you to a great bunch of people who have offered instruction, encouragement, support and -- above all -- a wonderful sense of community for paddlers in Toronto.
Even though this board doesn't have to close for the winter, I realized this was also a good opportunity to thank this equally wonderful community -- who have also offered instruction, encouragement, support and a great sense of community across many miles, kilometres, national borders and time zones.
It seems just about every day I discover something new -- and it's always so useful. Earlier in the season, I read a thread about whitewater helmets, even though I couldn't imagine ever needing one. Yesterday I went into my local outdoor co-op to buy a helmet. The store didn't have my size and the paddling salesperson tried to steer me towards a cycling helmet. Thanks to the thread, I was able to remind him that cycling helmets are single impact and therefore not right for paddling. He reluctantly sent me to another store. (You can see I'm looking forward to next season's paddling!)
A big thank you goes to Nick Schade, who has provided the opportunity for a first-rate discussion forum.
Thanks to Mike Scarborough, who re-arranged his weekend and his paddling to give two Great Lakes paddlers a wonderful introduction to ocean kayaking this summer.
And above all, thanks to all of you who make this such a great forum. As Brianne said earlier, the widom of the group sure beats individual wisdom. I'm learning so much from all of you and look forward to more great discussions.