Thursday, December 31, 2009

Paddling Upstream

Sending out the old and bringing in the new this New Years Eve, we paddled up the Noyo River from our shop at Dolphin Cove. A 7.1 high tide and about 48 cfs flow enabled us to paddle further than we have ever paddled before. We had our GPS unit in hand as we started working on our 2010 project of mapping points of interest on the Noyo River.

Paddling upstream is work as the proverbial saying goes. The tide had turned on us and our next winter storm system was sending us some gusty winds. But what we love about the Noyo was true. The tide was negotiable (early in its ebb), and Noyo River Valley protected us from the majority of the wind enabling us to enjoy the river's scenery and wildlife and reflect on 2009.

2009 was a building year for our business on the Mendocino Coast. Much like paddling upstream, we worked hard but enjoyed the process and journey (mostly). We did a lot of building/producing/creating in 2009 starting with our first video productions which we posted on YouTube. Part of the pride and joy of Liquid Fusion Kayaking for us is that it is our business, We enjoy the variety and challenge of being jack of all trades (and master of none).

Creation projects of 2009 included a few more videos, our rack cards (wait till you see the 2010 revision which we just got printed), WWW Paddle Mendocino Presentation, an article in July/Aug edition of the American Whitewater Journal, a kayak program for Fort Bragg's new aquatic center, and our new "Wet and Wild - Kayaking ROCKS!!!" rock gardening tour - to name a few.

Building projects for 2009 included rebuilding our website and then building kayak storage racks, fences, signs, ect for our new location at Dolphin Isle Marina.

Whew - lots of work - but lots of fun and special moments.

We are excited about 2010 which is off to a great start already!!!

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