Monday, June 16, 2008

Kayak Fears

One risk I took going kayaking was going into deep water. I was nervous and I really hate water that is deep.
How did I overcome this risk? I just put it out of my mind so I wouldn't think of it.
One thing I do in my life outside of school that is risky is snowbording. I could really hurt myself if I fell and broke my neck. After kayaking I have better balance and that will help me be a better snowboarder.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Assignment 1

Our first trip on the water wasn't scary at all. It was really fun. We went to the boat launch in New Hampton on June 5, 2008. We all went as a class. We went because we were starting a new challenge in the Bike Shop. We went at 9:00 in the am and the water was really cold.
My feelings getting into the boat was excitement. I was excited to do this and once we got onto the water it was even more fun. I was using a green boat from Mayhew, it was wide and and kind of like a bathtub to be in. I don't think I would have liked to be in the other boats because I was having second thoughts about them.
My experiences and expectations were met if not exceeded when we went out for the first time. I was so excited because we spent a lot of time preparing for the trip and that day we went was awesome. My behavior was very good on the first trip and all the rest.
my teachr read a boot to the class a bouit a gut who was fishig an got his net stusk on a sting ray and all msot died afteer that he gave up fishine. Well I think the guy would drop a load in this pants if he even saw another fish and he would have no fun. That's why I think he does not want to go fishing again.I like to go four wheeling and that can be risky. Last time I road it I rolled it over and it almost landed on my legs. If it had broken my legs I probably would not ride it for like four months. Only because that's how long it would be before my legs healed. i think he was a wimp and gave u way to easy.


This is a proposal for an end of the year project I am working on with Andy. We want to make Spanky. Spanky is a saw horse that we turned into a saw horse with a head and a tail. Our teacher Ryan took him apart and threw his head in the scrap pile. So now we want to make a new one with a head, tail, and now put tires on it and some seats. We will make him out of 2 by 3 and 2 by 4's. We named him Spanky because Andy kept spanking the wooden horse which was kinda weird.

Well it is a challenge because I have to work with Andy . That can be hard and we tend to goof off so I think that will be a challenge. We also have to find out how to attach a bike fork to a 2 by 4 that will be hard but I think me and Andy can accomplish the project.
We will have to show our problem solving skills by not goofing off. That will take some skill and putting together the forks and plywood will take skill too. Getting all the parts we need and having to come up with some designs will also be challenging.
This project will make me use people skills. I think me and Andy can work well together. I will also try not to tell Ryan to stop his complaining. He complains when everything is not totally perfect. That usually makes me mad. I will consider some of Andy's ideas no matter what I think of them.
I hope it does not break on me. That would be bad.

Kayaking Story

Back in the 1500's these kids were kayaking the rough seas in front of them. They were looking in the water and one of them saw a huge shadow underneath them! So he turns to his friend and asks him,"did you see that!"
"No, what was it?"
"I don't know maybe we should turn back."
"Okay lets go!"
The kid was looking in the water again to see if he could see it and all of a sudden this huge monster comes up behind them! It goes for his friend and he dodges it but the monster goes under him and swallows him whole! His friend got away because he was a faster paddler. Back on shore he never talked about it to anybody. He didn't want anybody to know what happened to his friend and he took his secret to his grave.

The Sea devil

In "The Sea Devil" the main character was fishin and got pulled underneath the water by the cracken. The main reason the guy will not fish again is because he felt how it is like to be pulled underneath the water. I think he will fish but realease the fish when he catches them. The risks I took were playing in a football game with a concussion. It was risky because if I hurt my head I probably would have got brain damage. I do not think it was right because you never give up something you love.

Kayaking on the Pemi

We did this trip because we made a kayak and decided to go. The first time getting into the boat was scary because I knew what I was doing but I hadn't done it in a while. The boat we built was made out of wood.
The first kayaking trip was really fun. We launched off of these huge backings in the Pemi River. It was like we were in this monster-infested river and we had to paddle really hard to get to the other side so we wouldn't get eaten. My expectations of the day was that the day was going to be hot. It was, but it also was kind of cold in the water. It was really easy and fun and that's how I wanted it to be because if it weren't, it would have been boring.

James The Animal

It was 50 B.C the time James was born. James was trained by the all mighty Achilles except James was immortal. By the time James was 14 he was 5 foot 11 weighed 225 pounds of muscle and he benched 450 pounds. James was a warlord he beat 500 men on his own. He was in a war in Troy when 500,000 thousand men tied him to a chair and put him in a kayak and set him on a journey to the edge of the Earth until he fell off . He is now living on the Planet Mars and people still try to find him. That is the story of James.

The Sea Devil

In the story "The Sea Devil" the main character was fishing in shallow waters when he caught a huge devil ray. The ray pulled him out of his boat and started to drag him out to sea. He tried really hard to pull back on the monster but the monster was too strong and it weighed about 1000 pounds. Luckily he got free and he vowed never to fish again at night alone. I think the reason he won't fish is because he is really afraid that he will be pulled in and never be seen in his town again.
Football is a risky sport that I love. I got a concussion last year and I had to take the year off which upset me a lot. To me that similar to the character in "The Sea Devil" because I couldn't play football and the character couldn't fish. We both had to give up something we love.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

First Experience

On our first trip we went on the Pemi River . We went and explored many of coves plus this weird tunnel. The tunnel ent under the road and was filled with spiders so I did not go through. All the trips were boring because we did not get to fish. The first time I went on the kayaks I felt really unstable and I thought I was going to flip over. I was in a boat that Ryan made. If I was in a different boat I may have flipped over. I had expectations about kayaking because I had done it before. I knew it was boring. I thought people would try to flip me over. I knew if they flipped me over I would get them back. My other expectations were if I were to tip over I would not panic. I would just float in the water, it's not that hard. I did not want to kayak before the trip and I still do not. That was my first experience.

English Entry 3:

"The Sea Devil"

At the end of the story, the main character vows to never fish again. Given the circumstances, it is safe to assume that the fight with the Sea Devil scared him. One might assume that fear is the reason he wont fish. Another thought that was brought up in class is that the main character could now empathize with a trapped fish and thus would never hunt one again. What do you think?

Write an essay explaining the main character's reasons for vowing to never fish again. Appropriately cite evidence from the story that supports your argument. Also relate this story to your own life and the risks that you take. What would stop you from doing something you love? Was he right to give up fishing?


We are starting an independent project that shows problem solving skills and people skills. The title of our project is Spanky. It is a sawhorse with legs with wheels on the bottom of them strapped on with bike forks.
I will be working with Adam and we will make them out of some wood Adam's grandfather dropped off at the bike shop last week. It is a challenge because I will show problem solving skills by constructing from scratch a wooden saw horse. Then we're going to strap wheels to the bottom of the saw horse with 2 by 4's and we are going to try to make some steering mechanism for the saw horse.
We are going to use 6 inch nails and connect the legs to the bottom of the horse and then we are going to drill out the bottom of the legs to put the bike forks into them. Then we are going to super glue them into the drilled out holes in the bottom of it. Finally we are going to sand it down and spray paint it and put our own designs on the side of the horse. Then we will turn it in for our final grade and then the year is over.

My Proposal

Ryan assigned us a project for newfound challenge. We had to choose something that is challenging that showed problem solving skills and group people skills. James and I are finishing the kayak that Ryan was too busy to do by himself, so we're doing it for our final grade.
This project is going to be a challenge because we just have so much stuff to do and we don't have much time to do it. Its going to be a challenge because James is kinda slow and I'm kinda fast at some things. This might aggravate me.
We will show problem solving skills by remembering what we did on the first boat so we can build it and have it done. That will show people how much talent we have for building boats. Another problem solving skill we will use is using all the tools. To show people skills is like having fun and communication what we are doing.
I think this project will be fun. I'm looking forward to it.

shawns board design

I have come up with a new design for a skateboard and one for trucks and barrings and even the wheeles.
Right now im in the process of cutting a board shape out of wood becaue i dont have money for a blank.
i will be findin old trucks and wheeles and paint my design on them. I will even put grip tape on it and put it up for display. This will be really fun and when i get money for a blank I will really paint my design and even try to sell it.

My Proposal

Finishing Kayak

Ryan McMahon assigned us a group project to do so we chose to finish the kayak that Ryan is too lazy to finish(ha-ha). The main reason we are doing this is project is for a grade on our final exam. We are making the kayak to use if we go on any more kayak trips.
This project will be a challenge because it is hard to keep up with Mike when we cut out the top of boat. He works fast and it will be hard to keep up with him. It will be hard to get this done before it is due because we have minimal time to finish.
We will show problem solving skills when we run out of wood. Then we will find ways to get more wood. It will also be hard to do every thing right because their is a lot of things I forgot.
I will show people skills by working with Mike. It is hard too keep up with Mike. Also communicating and having fun while we will build the boat.
I think we will be finished the day before it is due because look who I am working with, a fast pace kind of guy who gets stuff done early.

Final Kayak Unit Post

Risk- Exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance

During our Kayak Trekking Unit we took many risks. By exposing you to risky situations we wanted you to learn more about yourself and how you deal with stress and difficult situations. By learning to deal well with difficulty and risk on the water you can improve how you deal with tough situations in regular life.
This is one of the main reasons why we went kayaking.

In a blog entry please answer the following:
1. Identify one risk that you took during the Kayak Trekking Unit.
2. How did you overcome this risk, what was the outcome? Did you "loose" anything or even get hurt?
3. Identify one risk that have taken in everyday life.
4. If you had to take this risk again, how might you approach this risk differently now that you have been through the Kayak Unit?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Sea Devil Short Story

The Sea Devil is a short story we will be reading on our trip for Monday the 9th at Wellington State Park. I read it in high school as a part of a short story unit.

Hopefully by participating in this kayaking unit we will all connect with this story on a new level. Maybe we should have read Lord of the Flies...

I have a lesson in dutch oven camp cooking planned and it should be a nice hot day. Lots of water and sunscreen is a must.

Pictures will be coming soon...