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#Wednesdaywalk - Zeke's Back! by zekepickleman

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#Wednesdaywalk - Zeke's Back!
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I have been jumping in on Wednesdays with my buddy @tattoodjay for a while but got swept away at the end of a crazy summer.  But!  I am back again with a little walk and a story to join the cool kids again.

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This, if you are wondering, is the reason for my walk on Wednesday.  Actually, wifepoints were my reason and probably the only thing that would motivate me to walk to a dragon boat.  You see, my better half competes on a team with her work folks in a yearly Dragon Boat Festival that happens every September.  I was happy enough to walk and report on it while they went on to win the championship. https://steemit.com/blog/@zekepickleman/walk-with-me-local-dragon-boat-festival

Well, this year I got roped into participating on the team.  Suffice to say, I could think of better ways of spending an evening, or the full day on Saturday.  The wifepoints are reward enough for me to share some time and the beer prize we could win in the sprint is a bonus!

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# But back to the walk

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The boat was moored on an island in the downtown river (actually called a lake for some reason.)  It is a neat spot because it is such a short walk from downtown and the theaters.  You can see the erosion on the roots of the tree with so many people walking by.

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Does this thing look comfy to you?  It really isn't.  You sit on a hard thin board as your seat and jam your feet in the contours to get a little purchase.  The paddling is way different from a canoe as you always keep your top hand up, and do most of the rowing with your back.  So neat being a veteran on the water but a complete noobie at the same time.  The people behind me and in front of me got much wetter than they needed to as I got used to the stroke.

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It was a rather intense practice and I am glad to have martial arts training to control my breathing and endurance.  We pulled up as the sun was about to set and I had to take a snap.  Water and setting suns are a great motivator to the amateur photographer and produce such immersive shots.

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Speaking of amateur photography, here is a botched shot in lower light along the sidewalk that held most of my steps this weds.  It is rare to see this walk without people on it and the lower light left my phone with no crisp lines on which to focus.  You get the idea though!

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A glance back at the boat leads me to be thankful I am not the guy teetering precariously on the back of this thing.  

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Saving the best for last, the sunset in my small town.  Wifepoints were had, steps were taken, and I managed to learn something new.  The icing on the cake is any reason to be out and active while the sun is setting.  I will probably have some pretty funny stories from the festival in a couple days.  There better be beer!

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# Ever been dragon boating?
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@wwwiebe ·
I have never been dragonboating, but I think I would like to try it at least once. You're the third person I've met who has tried it, and I can't help but think I'm missing out on something.
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@zekepickleman ·
It is an easy team sport that doesn't have to be that competitive.

Lots of sprints though which takes me a bit to get used to.  After a full day of racing, I am anticipating a sore ass!
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@toddrjohnson ·
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I've never even heard of a dragon boat, but they look very sleek. I can't imagine that they are very stable.
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@zekepickleman ·
They are fairly stable when loaded with people.  Only go in a relatively straight line so it would take a big screw up to make one tip I bet.
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@rem-steem ·
That's a really wonderful place to visit. Loved the boat and the water. :)
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@joanstewart ·
Great shots over the water with the sun going down @zekepickleman congratulations trying something new on the day, never heard of dragon boating.
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@tattoodjay ·
I have never been dragon boating, I have watched a couple of races, does that count LOL

Biut sometimes we have to do things we do not like to get the wife points, we all do it, but I must admit from your description of how uncomfortable it is I am glad mine isnt into dragon boat racing;) 

Love the sunset shot and thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)
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