Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Canoeing with Ada

One of my best memories of Ada happened during a Girl Scout trip. One summer Pike Troop 1298 took a canoe trip down Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park. I was in a canoe with Ada and Anna and I would have to say that out of all of the girls, Ada and Anna had the smallest, teeniest arms for paddling down a creek. But we had great fun! We stopped at a sandbar for swimming and a hot dog roast. We really appreciated Molly and Sueanne’s dad building our fire while we swam. In other words, they did all of the work while we played. Ada, Anna and I did not tip our canoe, but the canoes with the two dads did! My little arm girls were steady and dry on our trip down Sugar Creek. We also were way behind the rest of the troop due to our lack of upper body strength. Oh, and I have to admit, I’m not too strong myself! So, we are paddling, slow yet steady, far behind when it started to storm. Not much rain, but some serious thunder and lightening. Ada said, “Are you scared, Rhonda?” Well, heck yes! However, I said, “No, but let’s paddle hard and fast!” And we did and we made back before the serious rain. I have lots of wonderful memories with Ada and Girl Scouts…
Selling Cookies, Pokagon, Camp Ada, Skiing, Mall of America, Junior Jam, Mammoth Cave and of course, Pornsawan’s rice crispy treats!

My thoughts and prayers, like Katherine, are part of my waking moments, too.

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