NOTE: We were thrilled that one of our client's blogged about her experience with us. Check out what Julie (pictured above) had to say about her SUP outing with us!
It’s hard to get me to leave my studio in the summer. I’m a travel writer and enjoy my time outside in Colorado, but when I have a moment, it’s always spent in my studio on the back of my property. No kids, no husband or family, no noise at all—except for the boisterous robin posse nesting in the vines outside my French screened doors. Not everyday is a Norman Rockwell Painting, but most days are. However, Heather Fleck of Vela Adventures was able to woo me away from the nest and scenery.
Fleck offered up a day on a basically, private lake, beginner instruction on stand-up paddle surfing (SUP), outdoor meditative and restorative yoga, pre-ordered lunch, an ice cream truck on queue—and a darling giveaway to top it off. Oh, the temptation was almost immediate, but there was still one hesitation.
I had written about SUP when it first took over 4 years ago for a regional publication and had noted how the men described it. When they offered me a chance to try it, I thought my uterus might fall out! It was a bit too ambitious post C-section and sounded intense. Last summer I wrote on how dogs were now joining the ranks of SUP; surely moms could handle this if Fido was flipping face on the rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
An all-womens’ adventure, no fear of failure or strange body parts slipping out, and a lunch I didn’t have to pack. Oh, and, my coffee order taken well in advance and waiting for me iced or piping hot. Done. I met a dozen women at McIntosh Lake in Longmont for possibly one of the most delightful days of my year this past week. I was a natural at SUP—or more so teaching other women how to cool down and take a seat with legs stretched in the water. I had everyone down at one point.
Yoga under the shaded trees amongst the banks of the secluded lake was . . . Fleck’s creation of a Normal Rockwell Painting. Different robins chirped, we breathed in the post-workout air while stretching our core and lunch was served by final Vinyasa. It’s exactly how you are picturing this, simple perfection. As ice cream dripped down our faces and we said our final goodbyes after a day of expert SUPing (we told our significant others and families that we were easily batting class III rapids) we waived goodbye and couldn’t help but wonder as we headed out to I-25, when’s the next day of camp?
Vela is all about fun and adventure!