jeez, working on forestry is so much fun. I love all the dirt and the steel toe boots and the huge trucks and the lumber. I get to build and dig, work with tools and walk on all the miles and miles of forest trail we have on campus.
So I had my kayaking class trip this whole weekend. Went over rapids, into eddies, ferried through huge currents, all that jazz. But today on the last day, I had a very real scare. The kayaks we were in had these waterproof skirts that totally encloses us in the kayak itself. And in case you flip over you have to preform a wet exit. This entails you being completely upside down, tethered to your kayak, pulling a release tab and kicking out of your kayak and swimming to the surface. All while underwater. So today, going down a rapid, I flipped. Fine, it was standard procedure, did not panic. But as I tucked my body down to avoid rocks (underwater) the current threw me over a very large rock and my entire face slammed into it, breaking my nose. I panicked and threw my body out, kicking, trying anything to escape the kayak. But then something kicked into gear and I tucked again to pull my escape tab. I pulled it and kicked out of my kayak and surfaced in the middle of the rapid. i held on to this pointed rock and wanted to shout out for help, I started to hyper ventilate. But then I started to count to five, over and over again. I forced myself to calm down, knowing it would only make things worse if I shocked myself. I hung on to this God-forsaken rock, counting and slowing down my breathing. I heard my instructor yell to me. I tapped the top of my helmet to signal I was okay. I hung there for a minute or two and decided I needed to swim down the rapid to get back to shore with everyone else. There was blood everywhere and the pain was immense. I rode the rapid down, and reached my instructor down river and they gave me some gauze and the adrenaline had kicked in and I was fine. My nose didn’t stop bleeding until a few hours ago and I have a huge scrape on my upper cheek. I was the closest I’ve ever been to drowning and I’ve never been so scared and yet so calm. And my nose fucking hurts.
I am on Forestry Crew now. And I’m on the soccer team too. And I’m picking up a term class next term. My schedule is going to start suffocating me. But hot damn I am excited about forestry.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, INCHEON : Japan’s Kazuyasu Minobe (L) duels with South Korea’s Jung Jinsun during the men’s epee team fencing finals at Goyang gymnasium during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on September 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Tonight was so good. So good. I contra danced with the guys from forestry and I really hope they like me enough to vouch for me to get on the crew. Also they all danced sooooooo wellllllll. Jeez, I was dipped and turned and spun in all sorts of ways. And then I hung out with Makenna and Patrick which was beautiful. And smoking has no effect on me whatsoever. It’s pretty dumb. Don’t see what all the hype is.