It was a beautiful day to be on the water. I cannot swim and I have been afraid of the water all my life, but I do so love to be in it and on it. So the first paddle of each season is always a challenge. But after my appointment that ran late, it was sunny with pretty clouds floating across the sky. With little wind and few boats on the lake, the water was calm. It was a good day to get used to the boat and the paddle and find my balance.