40 Firsts (highlight) :: paddle boarding

On Sunday, John and I rented stand up paddle boards in Scappoose and roamed around the bay for a few hours. I have always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding and I am glad I did. Though, admittedly, I didn't stand the whole time because the grippy part of the board hit spots on my feet that made my toes fall asleep. 

The best part of the experience was being in nature. A kind of nature that is hard to experience from land and, certainly, impossible from a car. We saw remarkable big white birds that we couldn't name... in fact a local, who lived on a house boat we passed, said he'd never seen anything like it. Hundreds of birds flying in a dance then landing, then taking up flight again. We saw turtles and Great Heron's as well.

It was incredibly peaceful and serene.