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"Where's Your Canoe?" [Jun. 22nd, 2013|07:18 am]
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Yesterday was Day 1 of my nine day leave.

Kayaking in the Abu Dhabi mangroves

Am I the only person in the world who had never tried kayaking? I loved it, it was so pleasant an activity, physically fun and just what I needed. I went with three other roller derby girls; sometimes we tried paddling as if we were skating, blocking each other, knocking each other, get in front, don't let her pass! Pack up! And sometimes we drifted off on our own, and paddling goes better when you aren't right up next to each other and talking a mile a minute (which is something we also do when we skate; we have to socialize a lot outside of skating, because we always have lots of gossip and stories and catching up). It's hot in this part of the world, but on the sea it was cool, with strong winds ~ our "unlucky day," said our guide, but we were grateful for the wind. Not a lot of wildlife to be seen; just a few herons and some crabs. There should be flamingos, but jet-skiers and power boats ignore the government posted signs to stay away from the mangroves, scaring off the nature. But it was pretty out there.


Kayaks after returning to shore; mangroves yonder.


My friend found this dead fish. It had Donkey teeth. And it stank.
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[User Picture]From: starkodama
2013-06-22 10:23 am (UTC)
That fish is awesome!! And I've never tried kayaking. :( I would like to someday, though!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-26 01:12 pm (UTC)
I bet there are some gorgeous places in your part of the world where you can do it. You'll love it!
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-06-22 01:37 pm (UTC)

Fish

It stank? Well, Sooz, dead fish tend to be that way!

I once caught a large critter called a "Parrot Fish" down in the Florida Keys that had Donkey teeth like that. They live around coral formations and use those handsome choppers to bite off chunks of coral to get at some form of nutrition (or so I'm told). They do look like they should avail themselves of some orthodontics.

Y.O.M.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-23 03:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Fish

It had multiple rows of these teeth. You look it in the face, and you have to laugh. My friend took it home. It must be a coral chomper! There was a lot of coral washed up on the little islands.
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2013-06-22 04:10 pm (UTC)

Donkey Teeth!

That's awesome. HEE HAAWWWW!

Though, holding a dead, dried up, stinky fish is pretty gross. Next time I see you, I'll have gloves for you to put on before we hug.
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2013-06-23 10:29 pm (UTC)
I've never tried kayaking, although I have been white water rafting.
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