Paddling the Harpeth River – part 3

You may have noticed we had a mix of kayaks and paddleboards but even among those there was different types – blow-up kayaks, regular kayaks, sit on top or sit in kayaks, and blow-up SUP boards. Have you had experiences with blow-up floatations? If so, comment below with your thoughts!

Thanks for stopping by, see you next time out on the river!

-Out of the Wilderness

Paddling the Harpeth River – part 2

Friends paddled the Harpeth recently, so here’s batch 2 of the photos from that day. Thanks for stopping by! Check out the first round of photos here.

Be sure to check back in soon for another set of photos from this great trip down the Harpeth River, Nashville, Tennessee.

-Out of the Wilderness

Paddling the Harpeth River, Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has had some float-errific days recently so you know what that means– paddle time! A few months ago I kayaked on Percy Priest Lake, but this adventure was a 9-mile kayak/SUP trip down the Harpeth River in west Nashville, Tennessee. Check out the first batch of photos below. Posting more soon, so come back to see more 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon for more photos from this trip!

-Out of the Wilderness

Fair anger in adult league softball

The other day I was part of an adult coed softball game as the pitcher and to start this off… I LOVE playing softball and pitching, also. This particular league has double-headers every Wednesday so there were 2 games and when I saw who the umpire was, I committed within myself to just be cool. Go with the flow. Have fun. But this umpire is the most incompetent umpire I’ve ever encountered. Inconsistent, unaware of the rules, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, though. I had no idea the mountain in front of me was too big to climb. But let’s start with the first game.

Actually, Game 1 was fine. Mostly because I was playing outfield, just about as far away from him as possible. It could be that he made some shady calls but I was too far away to see the details of the plays.

Then we get to Game 2. I was moved to pitcher and in hindsight, I should’ve just stayed in the outfield. Being in the infield I was able to see up close his bad calls. The thing is, he was making wrong calls for both teams! So I guess he’s consistent that way?

By the end of the second game he and I (and the opposing team’s pitcher) had words and he asked the captain for my name. Darn it! I was so close to having a controversy-free night! I won’t get into the details of his incompetence because I’ll just get riled up again but what this post is about is the anger that rises up when things don’t go the way I think they should.

I went home proud of myself for the way I was mostly controlled in my conversations with him, instead of just being mean. Trying to define what it is that frustrates me so much is what I wanted to think about after the games. Am I just being too competitive? Am I cruel?? AM I NOT BREEZY ENOUGH?????? I discovered this: it’s not that the umpire is making decisions I disagree with (because that happens in sports all the time), it’s that he was making unfair calls and being disrespectful. I get super fired up when officials aren’t treating people or teams fairly. I’ve always been that way when it comes to fairness and cheating and good ol’ boy stuff. Now I’ll admit, I’ve been competitive my entire life and sometimes (most of the time?) the desire to win and be “right” can overtake my civility. I’ll be the first to admit it’s an ongoing problem but it’s getting better, I promise. The encounter with this umpire, though, wasn’t about me being right. It was about being treated fairly. The other pitcher was involved because in Game 2 he decided to act in a way that breaks rules of the sport but he’s one of those “good ol’ boys” that thinks he can get away with it because he’s friends with the umpire. I called him into a conversation with myself and the umpire and well, neither of them liked what I had to say.

But again, this isn’t about them specifically. I’ll wrap up by saying I’m happy with how I managed my emotions when usually I might get snippy and catty. This time was full of thoughtful, although perhaps not friendly, responses. It still ended with the umpire flexing his “official” muscles and the other pitcher telling me to go home to my mother’s basement. 🙂

Maturity all around.

I’m sincerely hoping this umpire is nowhere near the softball field next week but I’ll be sure to update if he’s scheduled to ruin more games.

-Out of the Wilderness

Somebody was in a rush – DASHCAM footage

OK, before I totally bash this drive, I’ll admit (and I’m sure we’ve all done this…) I have narrowly squeaked by a yellow light as it turned red. Sometimes it’s a split second decision and we choose to go for it because we’re late or the seat is loaded with groceries that will spill everywhere if we slam on the brakes or we can’t take one more second in the car with whoever’s riding with you… it’s understandable.

But this driver I saw yesterday can’t use any of those excuses. In a busy intersection in downtown Nashville, at rush hour mind you, he decides he can’t wait a few more seconds so he just goes for it. This is not a yellow turning red. It’s a clear case of impatience, or he’s in a rush to get a pregnant woman to a hospital! That’s giving them a huge “benefit of the doubt,” and I’d be willing to make a large bet that wasn’t the case. So what worries you more: he blatantly drives through arrogantly? Or he absentmindedly drives through, totally unaware of what’s going on around him?

I’ll say that both worry me equally. If it was arrogance, though, that would really tick me off. Here’s the clip from yesterday, another great example of why I love having a dash cam. Check out out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness