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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Lithuania wins first ever U18 European Championship for Women

FIBA Europe reports in an article that the Lithuanian girls beat Russia to capture their first U18 European Championship.  The final outcome of the game was 63 -57.

Any time Lithuania wins a tournament in basketball, it is time to celebrate.  It is even better that it was against Russia.  I enjoy the fact that Lithuania continues to dominate at basketball internationally. 

I enjoy the fact that the players who play for Lithuania are Lithuanians.  I noticed some countries have players who are not natural citizens.  They are made citizens so they can play for their national team.  For example, on the German Olympic team, Chris Kaman, was made a citizen so he could play for their team during the 2008 Olympics. 

Go Lithuania!!!!!!!!!!

LT Olympic Basketball Update

I ran across an article on CNNSI that said “The Cavaliers have declined permission for center Zydrunas Ilgauskas to play for Lithuania in the Olympics.”  It was funny that last summer when I was watching EuroBasketball 2007, I did not see Ilgauskas there.  The top four teams from this tournament qualified for the Olympics and Lithuania took the bronze medal.  Lithuania had only one loss to Russia in the semifinal game during this tournament.  Lithuania does not need Ilgauskas to win.  They proved it during Eurobasketball and every country that is playing in the Olympics better watch out for Lithuania.

I have always routed for Lithuania during the Olympics.  Lithuania won the bronze during the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympics.  Lithuania came in fourth during the 2004 Olympics.

I really enjoyed watching Eurobasketball last summer and Lithuania has some big names on there team such as Darius Songaila, Linas Kleiza, and Sarunas Jasikevicius.  Other key players included Rimantas Kaukenas, Darjusas Lavrinovicius, Ksistofas Lavrinovicius, and Ramunas Siskauskas.    Lithuania played many other teams from Europe with NBA players and Lithuania dominated. 

Lithuania knows how to play international basketball and they will be ready for the Olympics.