Any time you start a new job, you generally need some time to get your feet wet. I started at ARC on Memorial Day of May 2012. By that winter, I had moved up into the front office to work on our online presence and e-commerce. If I had dipped my toes in through 2012, I really jumped in, full immersion, in 2013. And while my work in the data/commerce section of the online world is thrilling to me, it does not make for interesting blog material, so I'll stick to the real fun stuff! Here is a brief recap of my families water and work adventures, in photos and video from this past year. It has been a lot of fun sharing our adventures/ insights and I hope some of you have enjoyed reading and seeing a bit of yourselves in them. Thank You. *To read more, or see more photos, just click the highlighted text when ya see it.
I cleaned up my act, and got skunked my first trip to Briery Creek Lake. I vowed, never again.
Fishing out of the Wilderness Systems Ride 115 Kayak and hanging with the family. Ride 115 is shockingly agile, very stable.
My 1st smallmouth, with my family, in a canoe, on the James River. Then my wife caught a bigger one.
Briery continues to provide bass. Psyched for more!
My 1st Tournament and 1st tournament bass, at the TKAA Fish for Charity event. Great event!
1st kayak fishing roadtrip, w/ Bob of PTL, to Pensacola, FL for the Boondoggle. We fished hard and realized our big fish dreams. Addiction to salt got stronger.
Caught one last 2013 sunset from the water. It has been a good year. Next year, I'm trying to go bigger, with more bass, more salt trips and a return to learning how to paddle whitewater. Game on!
Overall, it has been a very cool experience finding my place at ARC. We have a great staff, and the collective paddle-sports expertise in that staff, from leadership down, is extremely impressive. Everyday I learn more about this business that started back in the mid 70's and has grown into a Virginia institution and a nationally recognized retailer. The history is rich and the future is bright. That keeps it exciting and for that I'm thankful.
But, if pressed, I'd have to say that my favorite memories from 2013 had nothing to do with catching fish or really working in general. Moments on the water with my family and friends, paddling lakes, rivers and bays, easily eclipse any hook set or work success I experienced. And those moments with my daughter, well, words don't do it justice. Love the ones you're with. See ya on the water in 2014!