On several recent solo paddles I have reflected on the pleasures of solo paddling. Being outdoors in natural settings can restore my sense of balance and perspective.
But I do not always prefer solo paddling. In fact, I often go out paddling or hiking with others, usually my wife. Today I went out with a couple of folks, Bill and Kathy, from the paddling group I sometimes join, the Petaluma Paddlers, an Internet meet-up group.
Appropriately, we went out on the Petaluma River from the Petaluma Marina upstream on a rising tide past the turning basin and as far north as we could easily go. We passed beneath the Smart Train bridge,
the concrete US 101 over crossing,
the Hunt and Behrens buildings,
some stately oaks,
until we reached the railroad bridge just south of the outlet mall.
Along the way we saw Western Grebes, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cormorants.
The New York Times recently ran an opinion piece on the physical, mental and emotional benefits of social engagement. Here is a link:
Happiness Is Other People