A Natural Woman

Photo by Marnie Denton

Later today I leave for a five day kayaking/digital photography trip in Georgian Bay with White Squall Outfitters. Good thing we are staying in cabins at night, because I seem to have lost the knack for packing light. If we were moving from campsite to campsite, like I used to do 15 years ago, I would need a generator to power all my gizmos and a Sherpa to carry all my gear. Mind you, he might think climbing Mt. Everest was a snap compared to all the stuff I am lugging on this paddling trip.

It’s been a long time since I have done an excursion like this. I have grown more decadent than I realized and more pampered than I care to admit. Witness the checklist I went through yesterday as I prepared for the trip:

  1. Touch up roots – can’t be paddling with a skunk-like stripe  in my hairline or I will have to wear a baseball cap all day and all night
  2. Manicure and clear nail polish –  my Swiss Army knife does such a bad job on trimming nails. The nail polish is there to protect the cuticles – really!
  3. Pedicure – get out the coarse sandpaper and scrape off cracked, dry heels. Pink nail polish this time, to hide ugly toenails. Besides they look so pretty in pink.
  4. Waxing – rip a strip of skin and hair off various parts of my body. I suppose it beats other forms of torture but not by much.
  5. Facial mask –  exfoliate the face one last time before I bake it in the hot, summer sun during the day and roast it by the fire at night – should look like well-dried leather by the  time the week is over.

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Then today, I packed. And packed. And packed. You’d think I was heading to the Arctic on the Franklin Expedition, instead of to Georgian Bay for a week. Long underwear, paddling jacket, rain suit, wetsuit, hiking boots and hiking pants, shorts for hot weather and polar fleeces for cool. The only items I didn’t pack are a hair dryer and makeup – after all, this is supposed to be a trip back to nature and I am such a natural woman.

Of course, this is also a photography trip. So, in addition to clothing I packed digital photography equipment and a laptop, and of course all the extra batteries, memory cards and chargers required to keep this stuff operational. I’ve even got a monopod, a tripod and an IPod. We are ready to circumnavigate the globe. Oh, I almost forgot – we need the GPS too, in case we decide to search for the Northwest Passage.

I think I’m ready. Now WHERE is that Sherpa?


About Lady Boomer

A voice for lady boomers, Bette Hodgins is a writer, life enthusiast and navel-gazer. Unfortunately navel lint keeps cluttering up her path to enlightenment, but she is nothing if not persistent in her journey of life!
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5 Responses to A Natural Woman

  1. Mary says:

    I’M SO IMPRESSED! I guess I shouldn’t complain about a little treadmill workout when there are Lady Boomers on 5-day kayaking trip on Georgian Bay. It makes me tired just thinking about you packing the car.

    Good on you. I’m guessing we’ll see some photos when you return. Have a wonderful time.

    • Lady Boomer says:

      No need to be impressed! I found my Sherpa, so he loaded the car for me. And as for the kayaking trip – well, there’s wine at dinner, so that tells you how much I will be “roughing” it!!

  2. LADYBEADER says:

    Looking forward to some of your photos. Hope you didn’t forget your sunscreen!

  3. Connie says:

    Enjoy the trip! Savour the paddling moments.

    And, make sure you check your kayak in the morning for small creatures before you launch into the water!

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