While my performance was disappointing, the day was not. It was warm but not hot. It was cloudy enough to give shade, but not overcast. It was sunny enough to be bright, but not blistering. There was breeze, but not so much as having to fight the wind to paddle. The water was cool but not cold.
Soon we were lining ourselves up to paddle back up to shore and carry our stuff back to the car. What a wonderful way to start the season! I don't know how many times I kept saying, "I love being on the water!"