Category Archives: Whitewater

be outside

Get yourself out there!

Wherever you are this weekend I hope that it is full!



time keeps on ticking

“Sed fugit interea, fugit inreparabile tempus”

(Time meanwhile flies, never to return)

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

I mean, seriously, where does the time go? The minute school ended for the year and summer vacation officially veiled us it seems that no time has, nor will it, slow down. Although time has been filled with whitewater, bike riding, birthday parties, firefly chasing, and presence of good company we find ourselves at the end of each day thankful for the time while wondering where it went!!

I hope you are noshing on happy, juicy summer fruits and rich vegetables. Picking the clover to make necklaces. Playing kick ball or frisbee golf in the yard. Teasing the pups. Sipping sweet tea. Laughing with your loved ones, family and friends a like. All the while ignoring the big project you’ve been plotting all spring. Knowing that you will probably get to it tomorrow. Today, playing with the kid is more important!

Click on the photos below for links for some of the things we’ve done so far this summer!

Sky High Trampoline Sports

Seriously fun jumping and crazy tips for a cardio workout!!


US National Whitewater Center

(also known by us kayakers as the Whitewater Park even though there are tons more activities available at the center!)

(RCB watching our friend Jason Put in. She thinks the river is as good as chocolate cake. Loves it! She thinks Mr. jason is pretty darn cool too!)

Wherever you are, I hope your plate is full of sunshine, joy and happiness!



race day

The Colorado water is alarmingly low this year due to little to nearly no snow melt. It is the big talk currently in the whitewater community with the Teva Mountain Games taking place, beginning today, in Vail, Colorado. This event is So. Much. Fun.

Teva Games are the Olympic style games of all extreme, outdoor sports such as Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling, etc. All the Pro’s from around the world show up to compete for some real money. In the kayaking community said money will support them on the Colorado circuit, to win a little more money hopefully along the way.

Here is a video of the creek level at the 2010 Teva Games:

Click here for an article and video of the creek level currently!

If you are interested in following the Summer Teva Mountain Games, go here.


once more

(photo from google images search, Bald Eagle in NC)

Ok. So you are totally not going to believe me but I swear we saw ANOTHER Eagle on Sunday. Different location, different water source, different bird. Still in North Carolina.  This time, our little gal witnessed the beauty of the expansive Eagle flight. Pretty darn cool. Quite extraordinary.

We are rolling this week right into preparation for Saturday Nights show. The buzz is out and the vibe is high! We are choosing our outdoor activity for the day, making plans for load in, singing the tunes in my head and tasting the Razor Wit on my lips as we speak!

We are also heading into the last week of school so my head is twirling with ideas of fun things to do with RCB. We’ll start off the summer with real swim lessons and taking Kaya to the top of the mountain for some leg stretching and fresh air. We will visit with family, welcome a new baby (Erin is due in June!!) to the brood, sink our toes into the sand and introduce whitewater kayaking. (Yes, we got a kiddo kayak for the soon to be 5 year old!!! We’ll start slow but she is going to be siked!). We also plan to do some rocking on the front porch, drinking sweet tea and watching the fireflies at night! What things do you have up your sleeve this summer?

As I head out for the night I will leave you with another JBB tune to get you in the mood. I will make sure to keep you in the know for the event this weekend. I will say that I did hear as the wind crossed my ears today that there will be some free tickets up for grabs this week so make sure to tune in to find out how and where! Otherwise, be outside my friends!

JBB- Amplify


endangered rivers

Are you in one of these areas? Did you know that there is a threat to your livelihood, your clean water and your clean, beautiful rivers? Check out this list just released today of the top 10 threatened rivers in America. If you are here, help take action, do what you can do. I will help where I can and when I can. I want to keep our rivers clean for my child and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all the generations to follow. Click the photo to take action!


fly like an eagle

Remember this? Well, I had a similar experience this weekend, except my husband and two of our friends were there to witness it. WE saw an Eagle! The four of us went for a friday afternoon, knock off of work and paddle down the French Broad sec 9. A great way to start the weekend and shed any frustration from the week!

We were slowly floating just above a rapid called The Maze when suddenly MRB, in a clear calm voice, said “There is an Eagle. Looks, there is an Eagle.” After about 3 times of him saying it we caught sight of the magnificent, clear as day white headed bird. This is no mistake my friends! We have a resident Eagle at our local river.

Mind you, we are not located in the wide open spaces of Colorado or the PNW. We are in North Carolina. The southeast. This is a luxury and something to admire!

No, no photos. We were so still, and stunned by its flight that we bypassed technology and breathed in the moment.



WakaWai presents…

an evening with…

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 09, 2012.

We are EXCITED to bring you this special event!! Come join us for an evening of amazing music and tasty micro brew beer!! A great way to share a night out with your friends!

This is WakaWai’s (waka-why) way of infusing lifestyle and elements by seamlessly joining gear, music, video, rivers, oceans, lakes and mountains. We love to be outside, listen to music and drink beer. So, start your summer off right! Spend the day outside partaking in your favorite element (whitewater, lake, mountain, beach…) then join us for the tunes and beer!!

Click here for event details.

Click here for a sample of John Brown’s Body. or here.

Click here for a sample of Chalwa.

Click here for a sample of the beer. or here.

Share the event with your friends. Make sure to get your ticket. Schedule the babysitter (if needed). Mark your calendar!

Hope to see you there!!