The other night I had the honor of speaking at the Valley Wide Kayak Club in Hemet (www.valleywidekayakclub.org).
It was a great night with an enthusiastic crowd. Many thanks to Tom Siebold for organizing this (and dinner). It is nice to go speak about paddling in Africa but even nicer when you meet wonderful people who you can now call friends. The club is a great group who does some beautiful trips around their area including some gorgeous lakes. Before the talk I was invited by the Club President, Gary Hakala to go for an afternoon paddle on Lake Perris. It was a different environment that I am used to paddling. It has some amazing bird life and I saw some beautiful ducks and a couple of large graceful ospreys up close. Gary was a blast to paddle with and had some great stories (you will have to ask him). If you are ever in that area and need to paddle this is the group to call. Thanks Valley Wide!