I’ve been wanting a canoe for several years and a few weeks ago I finally bought one. I’ve had it on Lake Thom-A-Lex four times so far. I just really love paddling on the lake totally disengaged from both technology and my task lists. My wife calls this my defragging time. I have to admit that I am in a totally different frame of mind when I return from a canoe outing. I think every one needs to find some activity they can do on a regular basis that takes them into some other world where they can relax and then come back to their everyday world refreshed and energized. The canoe has become my portal into that other world.
The nearest lake to my house is Lake Thom-A-Lex. I know that’s a nice Native American Indian sounding word, but it’s called that becuase it is owned and operated by the cities of Lexington and Thomasville. (Apparently people around here aren’t real big on coming up with original names—our local minor league baseball team is called the HiToms because it is a community team for both the cities of High Point and Thomasville.) Although I’ve lived in Thomasville for about 10 years or more now, I had heard of Lake Thom-A-Lex but didn’t know where it was. I finally found it using the satellite views in Google Maps. Then I had the challenge of getting driving directions. After that I still didn’t know anything about boat launch fees or other rules for the lake. To help people out with this, I started a web site over at blogger.com for Lake Thom-A-Lex. I’ll post lake informaton and pictures there as I get it. If you live in the Triad area of North Carolina, you might want to drop by and check out the lake—it’s a really nice, clean, quiet, and peaceful place.
While I’m on the subject, I want to encourage you to share your knowledge online of those things that you might take for granted. Don’t assume that everyone in your town knows about all the great restaurants, parks, and other activities and attractions. Blogging software and services like blogger.com have made it super easy to start up an informational site and post information as you get it. Notice how I added navigational links on the side at the Lake Thom-A-Lex blog for things like the rules, fees, and satellite images.
I consider myself an expert at Internet search but finding information about some of the local lakes has proven incredibly difficult. I’ll probably be starting more blogs /sites for them as I visit them. We can all contribute to this thing called the world wide web and make it easier for those that follow after us. Who know, perhaps one of them will post some information to make your life easier one day.
This evening I took my dog, Muffin, canoeing on Lake Thom-A-Lex. This was her first time in the canoe and she seemed to really enjoy it. We were on the lake for nearly two hours and the longer we paddled the more comfortable she got and started moving around the canoe. Here are a few pictures I took of her: