Practice Kayak Racing

I was visiting my parents in Newton last month when I decided to join a kayak race that was to the west in Weston. My parents knew I was about to participate in a huge kayaking competition and wanted to practice any way I could, so they were understanding about it. It wasn't too far away, so I was back at their house later that night.

I had looked up all the information ahead of time and was excited to be able to get out there and do some kayaking to keep my body fine-tuned for the competition. There were about 20 other people there ready to go. I wasn't looking to win, but rather to just get in the water and exercise my body. It always makes me feel so much better and I have a great time afterward eating a nice meal as a reward.

As I was paddling, I watched a nice view of the city go by and spotted a heron and a few families of ducks. I always love to see the nature on the side of whatever body of water I'm kayaking in. There was also a cleanup boat going along, removing trash from the water. That's pretty awesome, but I really don't know why people have such disrespect for our waterways.

I got done in about 45 minutes, and I didn't place either, nor did I intend to. I'll let the locals have that, since I was there to practice only. If I had been serious, I think I would have placed with a combo of my lightweigh Oru Bay kayak and the smooth waters of the Charles River. They did have some very nice kayaks to rent, brand name and quality ones, and if I do this again, I might try one of theirs next time or research the very best kayaks.

Newton's Laws

It's been a while since I've been in school, lol, so I thought this video would be fun to go over Newton's Laws, or a crash course rather!

Had fun?

Newton, Massachusetts

Newton, MA is a city in Middlesex County about 7 miles from Boston, with a population of a little over 85,000 people. It has been considered the safest and best city to live in, in the U.S. It's a great place for people commuting into Boston to work, having two rail systems and bus service if they don't want to deal with traffic on their own.

 

Cambridge was the name of the town in 1638 before it eventually became Newton in 1766 and an official city in 1873, and it is known as The Garden City. It's the home of the company who made the Stanley Steamer and is comprised of 13 villages, many with their own downtown areas. The town is run by a Mayor and The City Council, made of 24 members who are elected every 2 years. The current Mayor, Setti Warren, is the first African American Mayor of Newton and served on the White House staff.

 

One exciting thing about the state Newton is in, Massachusetts, is Elizabeth Warren, the state's senior Senator, a woman any state would be proud to have on their side! She is and has been fighting greedy politicians and being an advocate for people's rights.

 

Among Newton's attractions is a 33 acre lake surrounded by homes in Newton Centre called Crystal Lake, where there's swimming and 2 small parks. There is also the Jackson Homestead, built in 1809, which is now the Newton History Museum, and was a stop along the Underground Railroad. The fig newton cookie got its name from the city and Nabisco celebrated its 100th anniversary there with a 100 inch fig newton!

 

There are also some famous celebrities from Newton, including Matt Damon, Bette Davis, Christopher Lloyd, and Amy Poehler. Other well known people include science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, The Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe. So if you're ever going to visit Boston and you love history, go check out Newton for a part of the day. You can find out up to date events and more about the town in general HERE.

Welcome to Everything Newtons!

I will be using this space to explore Sir Isaac Newton, and well, my family name.  Have you ever been curious about your lineage?  Well, me too Sally.  I'm going to document everything here and build a family tree.  Who knows who I will find?  Anyway, this is a cool video about Sir Isaac Newton.

Hell, what if we're related? HA!