Welcome to my website. Above is a
photo of me, Susanita, in my loft working on my
iMac. The website started as a blog about sea
kayaking. But lately my outdoor activities have
drifted into other areas ... outrigger canoe racing
and most recently rock climbing. I started climbing
in 1998, the same year I started whitewater
kayaking. Both are passions but climbing is more
than a passion, it's a way of life. It's hard to be
a good casual climber. To be really good you have
to be out at the crag every weekend there's sun. I
did it religiously for about four years. Then I
drifted more into sea kayaking, which isn't as time
intensive. Lately I acquired a new climbing partner
... so climbing is becoming more important again.
Thanks for stopping by,
NCAWPA is the National Capitol
Area Women's Paddling Club based at the Anacostia
Boathouse. In 2008 I raced on the women's team in
the Queen Lili Race in Kona, Hawaii. Most of the
others in our canoe were relative novices like
myself. We trained together most of the summer and
by late August when we flew to Hawaii we were
paddling together quite well.
I started rockclimbing in 1998 and
climbed consistently for about four years until I
switched into kayaking. I did a lot of trad clmbing
with gear but mostly as the second. Now I'm getting
back into climbing with a new partner. This photo
was taken at the top of the first pitch of Old
Lady's Route at Seneca Rocks.
This is one of my kayaks. It's a
Huki/Futura S1-A surfski. I got it primarily to
kayak fast. Initially I had no intention of racing.
But after I bought it I met some women who were
into recreational racing. So last summer me and my
S1-A participated in five recreational kayak races.
Four of the race reports are archived on the
This is me before the Broadkill
race. I'm really into "things." Some of the things
I bought this year for racing were my waterproof
IPOD and my Garmin Forerunner GPS. The IPOD was to
help me kayak and the GPS was to tell me how I was
doing. I won a few races and I placed in a few. But
it was all about fun.
Here's me in my favorite kayak,
the Mirage 530. I imported this kayak from
Australia and had it custom painted in a purple
fade. It's an awesome ocean kayak. It surfs well.
It turns well thanks to the integrated rudder. It
has a built in electric pump. And it's light at
about 45 pounds. Whereever I go I'm always taking
pictures of my kayak. You'll see alot of this kayak
in the photo albums.
This is Maribel. I love animals.
And while it may seem that I'm a cat person ...
because I don't have a dog right now. I love them
both. Before she died, my dog Gracie was my
constant companion. She loved to go with me on
weekend trips to the crag when I was rockclimbing.
But I couldn't take her kayaking. So when she
passed away I decided to just keep cats. It's
easier because they're more independent. And
Maribel is very outgoing ... more like a
This is Annabel. She's Maribel's
younger sister. She's smaller than Maribel but
she's quick and feisty. Her hobbies include
climbing trees and birdwatching. She does not like
to have her picture taken.
Here is a photo I took on a recent
kayak trip to Chincoteague, Va. I use an Olympus
Stylus SW which is a waterproof digital camera when
I'm kayaking. When I'm on dry land I use a Sony
DSC-H7. Both are great cameras. The Olympus is not
a high tech SLR but I like it because it's small
and I can strap it to my PFD. It's always there
when I want to take a photo. The Sony is what's
called a "bridge camera". It's kind of like a
hybrid. It has many of the features of an SLR ...
larger, better lens, higher pixel resolution. But
it's packed into a compact body. It takes great
Photography is another hobby and lately I've been
taking alot of photos on my kayak outings. On the
Photo Gallery page are links to the various photo
albums I've created so far.