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.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – Movie/DVD Review

I was excited to pick up the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  The last one was so good that I knew this one had to be.  I guess I made a bad assumption. 

The plot is very unbelievable.  The Russians infiltrate a US military base in Nevada during the 1950’s.  Of course, it is Area 51 and the Russians want what the US recovered at an alien crash at Roswell.  The story leads us to South America and the search for  El Dorado’s City of Gold. Spoiler alert: We learn during this movie that Indiana has a son played by Shia LeBeouf. Of course, Indiana Jones is able to discover the City of Gold and the secret behind our alien visitors.  The story is alright but a little bit out there. 

I just noticed that George Lucas helped to write the story so it all makes sense.  While watching the movie I swore I saw a light saber, just kidding.  If you have not seen it, don’t waste your time.  Enjoy the first three movies and skip this one.  This movie has officially killed the franchise for me. 

Note to Steven Spielberg, do whatever you can to destroy every copy of this movie.  Note to Shia LeBeouf, just keep making Transformers movies.  I can’t wait for Transformers 2.  Note to Harrison Ford, time to move on to a new role.  I liked you in Air Force One and What Lies Beneath, keep those roles coming.