What an awesome day it was yesterday! Thanks to NYC H20, who organized the event, we got the opportunity to go canoeing on the Pepacton Reservoir and learn something about the water that we drink everyday. Could hardly feel my shoulders afterwards, but it was worth it.
It’s mind-blowing being able to canoe on the very water that comes to our faucets from 100 miles away! They do add some chlorine, fluoride, orthophosphate, and sodium hydroxide to our water, but it’s UNFILTERED! Over 90% of our water comes to us in NYC through gravity, as it travels from the watershed in the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River Valley through reservoirs, aqueducts, pipes, and tunnels. More than 1.1 billion gallons of water to about 9 million people in NYC every day! Pretty incredible, eh? It was nice to share this learning experience with the family.
Another big lesson we learned was from the canoe itself. Initially, Shien was rowing in the front, and I was rowing and steering in the back. After lunch, we decided to switch, since I thought I could powerhouse it in the front. Boy, was I wrong! Being heavier in the front, I used more energy than ever, and Shien was having difficulty navigating in the back. We were going nowhere fast. We decided to make a switch in the water, where I had to lie flat on my back in the canoe, and slide to the back, while Shien climbed over, and Malachy stayed steady in the middle. Teamwork! After that, it was so much better! I learned that just because you are working really really hard, doesn’t mean you’re always doing a good job. You need to make sure you are navigating properly, or you’ll never reach your destination, wherever that might be. 😉