Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Splash

Earlier this summer my friend Hillarie (who is an occupational therapist) told me about Summer Splash, which is an event for disabled people where people with different disabilities  (like paralysis and blindness) can waterski. She asked me if I wanted to come. I knew that I wouldn't be able to participate (ironically I am too disabled to participate in this event for disabled people, LOL!), but I thought it would be fun to go on and watch. 

I didn't think the weather would be a problem since it's been sunny and hot just about every day this past month with almost every day in the upper 90s or even into the 100s. However, today it started raining cats and dogs on the way up to the lake where this event was being held. The rain got so bad at one point that my mom had to pull off the road since we could barely see where we were going. We just sat in the parking lot of Holiday Inn for about 15 minutes until the rain subsided a bit. 

When we got to the lake it wasn't long before it started pouring again. Fortunately there was a pavilion to sit under, but I kept having to scoot back from the edge because the rain kept blowing on me. (Needless to say, this wasn't good for my hair, as the humidity/moisture was starting to make it get curly.) I really wish it would've been sunny, but at least the rain/clouds helped to cool things off a bit. "Cool" doesn't quite seem the right word, because it was still stifling with the high humidity, but I know it would have been even more steamy if the sun had been out. 

I'm really glad that I could go and watch, although I felt nervous for the people the disabled people that were being pulled by the jet ski because I know I would've personally been terrified if it were me out there in the water! The fact that I've never known how to swim and have always been scared of water, coupled with the fact that I am now I'm unable to move my arms and legs would have surely sent me into a panic attack!

The weather also made it hard to get any decent pictures, so these pictures aren't the best. The first picture is of my friend Hillarie and me. It was bright, so I had a hard time keeping my eyes open, plus my hair was messed up from the rain, so I don't look my best.


Karen Mortensen said...

What a fun event. You looked wonderful.

Lauren H. said...

Cool! Hasn't the weather been crazy lately?! We have a program out here in CA that does similar outings:
Thanks for sharing :)

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