Scenario: Two women, 70 and 67, decide they want to try kayaking for the first time. They sign up for a two-hour Sunset Kayak Tour on Lake Couer d’Alene, with a local adventure team in Couer d’Alene (CDA), Idaho. They negotiate a private tour, knowing they’ll never last two hours. CDA is located 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington, 165 miles northwest of Missoula, Montana and 95 miles south of the Canadian border. The temperature of the lake is cold.
- Athletic and will be inducted into her university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October.
- Can also dislodge a rib when sneezing.
- Has had a back fusion and two knee replacements.
- Is prone to painful leg cramps when sitting too long, resulting in rabid wolf-like howling.
- Prefers a diet of cheeseburgers and brats.
- Was motivated to try kayaking by watching the Olympics.
- Listed Person B as an emergency contact not realizing she (B) would likely be the first one air-lifted to the nearest trauma center.
- Has the athletic prowess of a cat thrown into water – scrappy enough to survive. Is able to maintain the same disposition throughout the day.
- Is allergic to exercising. Symptoms include sweating, a rapid heart rate, and a red face.
- Has mastered a sedentary life.
- Carries her own tube of Biofreeze for the day when she actually pulls a muscle.
- Has practiced getting up from the floor without turning over to her hands and knees. Disappointed kayaks don’t come with ejection seats.
- Addicted to all things pie related – pizza, chicken-pot and blueberry, for example.
- Was motivated to try kayaking when she realized Couer d’Alene would be a nice place to rehab if necessary.
- Listed a sister as emergency contact who lives 1360 miles away. Probably should have listed Person A.
What could possibly go wrong? Stay tuned for Part 2.