Kayaking in Lithuania – Day Two

After a cold night, we awoke to another beautiful day.  We enjoyed or coffee and tea along with some pasta my brother-in law cooked over the fire. We even filled some of our empty bottles with water from a natural spring close to the lake.  Wow, was that water cold.  After a morning swim, we finally torn down our campsite, put our gear in our kayaks, and off we went for day two of our adventure.

Today was a bit different.  We spent less time on the lakes and more time kayaking in the rivers.  Of course, it was easier to kayak on a river than a lake.  It seems on the lake, when I was oaring, I was using too much power with my right arm and when I was oaring with the left, I was not putting enough strength into it.  Instead of kayaking straight across the lake, we ended up zigzagging across it. 

The river was a whole different story.  Less oaring was required when going down the river.  We just need to compensate more for the bends in the rivers.  The scenery was spectacular going down these rivers.  Looking into the water you see a whole different world than what was above the water.

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We made it to our first stop.  It was a point where we had to take our kayaks across a road. There river did continue under the road to the other side. The other side was a little recreational area where many of the locals enjoyed the water gushing out.  There was a little market and place to grab a bit to eat.  We enjoyed some beer, saltibarsciai (fresh beet soup), and some ice cream.  We picked up a couple of snacks and continue with our journey down the river.

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After a nice time floating down the river, we finally made it to another lake.  We kayaked a little further across the lake to our final stop of the day.  It would be here where we would set up camp for the night.

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The Amazing Race

Hey, I was flipping through channels and I saw the latest episode of the Amazing Race on CBS.  The person read out their next destination and it was Vilnius, Lithuania.  Wow, that was cool.    I can’t believe I was just there and now it is on the Amazing Race. 

After watching the entire episode I have some thoughts.  The first part of the episode, where the contestants became Lithuanian messengers, showed much of the old town area of Vilnius.  Although one the Lithuanian women who gave the contestants their task, mispronounced the name of the person they needed to locate. 

The second part of the episode where the contestants attend an authentic summer festival and must either count the pieces of wood on the fence or walk on stilts was funny.  I have never seen that during my trips to Lithuania.  Even my wife, who is from Lithuania never seen anything like that.  I believe they added that to make the show more entertaining.

Lithuanian Basketball

Hi all,

 Just wanted to share some highlights from Lithuania playing in the Euroleague Championship in 2007.  Lithuanian took bronze. Lithuania lost only once during the tournament. Lithuanian has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in China.  Watch out!  I won’t be surprised if Lithuania takes home a medal in the 2008 Olympics.