Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Him!


This week's blog is brought to you by the letter "I" and is based on a true story-
                sort of.

It was one of the days when it felt great to be alive; the sun radiating warmth on my back, and a cool breeze caressing my face. Life was good and I didn't think it could get any better. I was wrong!

 Lost in thought, I mechanically scooped the large yellow paddle from  side to side in the  greenish-brown water, maneuvering my kayak down the narrow river in that verdant island of Kauai. The lush greenery and the aromas of the vibrantly colored flowers lining the hillside on either side of my watercraft flooded my senses; distracting me from noticing that storm clouds blanketed the sky. 

BOOM! A loud crack echoed through the valley. Zig zags of lightening lit up the now darkened sky and the water became choppy. Several times, my kayak nearly overturned as I paddled toward my destination. I was not near an area suitable for portage and did not know what to do or where to go. I was not frightened, however, for I loved the challenge of such an adventure.

Suddenly, a middle-aged man swung down from a rope attached to a gnarly tree on the hillside and crash landed in a sprawl across my double-seated kayak. I immediately noted his rugged good looks when  he looked up at me with a  sheepish lopsided grin. After assisting  him into the kayak, I smoothed down my hair before studying the hunk beside me.
 It was him! I’d know him anywhere; those khakis, the open shirt with the exposed chest. The hat! It was

Since I was once again distracted, I had not paid attention to the weather, but now, the river was more agitated and rain pelted us like we were in the crossfire of warring BB guns. I lost control of the vessel and we bounced around like a toy boat in the bathtub.

Indie stood up, and with his trusty whip, lassoed a large tree on the hill, tethering the kayak to a boulder at the base of the incline. He held me in an embrace …for protection ... he said, as the wind churned the river like water boiling in the pot.

Abruptly, my kayak capsized, thrusting us into the
angry water.    

 My glasses flew off and I could not get my bearings. The river was not that deep, but the strong waves knocked me down as I was being pulled along in the current. Struggling to keep my head above water, I cried out:
 “Indie, help!”

He appeared at my side and I felt his strong arm wrap around my waist. Indiana led us to a boat landing and we sat in the mud, gasping for breaths.
 The storm ceased as quickly as it began.

 The  overturned kayak floated into sight, towing Indiana Jones’s faithful whip. The adventurer turned over the vessel  and there was his hat; containing my eyeglasses! He gently replaced the glasses on my face, and donned his soggy hat.

He stayed with me and assisted in returning the kayak to the rental place. He shared amazing stories and tales of his journeys and we laughed and cried. As the sun was sinking into the hills, he escorted me to  my  car. Unlocking the door, I turned to him to say goodbye;

“Oh Indie, thank you!”

His face bowed down to mine and our lips met in a passionate kiss. He pulled away, and tipped his trademark hat.

“My pleasure ma’m”.

Leaping down the banana tree filled hill, he disappeared into the banyan trees at the bottom.

 I got into the car and drove to the hotel. I knew the others would never believe my story. But I shall never, ever forget him.     Indiana Jones, my hero!”      Sigh


  1. Boootiful dreamer:) you made me smile. I'm singing this, by the way. Did you catch a tune? Loved your story. Funny funny funny. You win some kind of an award. Let me think. lol

  2. I know there is a lot of "telling" rather than showing, but hey, I'm "telling" the story as I remember it! :)

  3. You are delightful! I believe you. I'm sure he was there. :)

  4. I don't know which brand of chocolate you passed out with, but I'll have the same! I'll be smiling all day over this one. Thanks!!!

  5. I was peeking at you from behind a wooded glad, jealous of all the fun you were having. I love this!

  6. Funny! Creative take on this week's letter. :)

  7. Delightful! And I totally believe he was there, right beside you! Otherwise, I would have to give up a few dreams of my own. :) hugs!

  8. Oh, Barb - I LOVE LOVE this! You HAD to have fun writing this one! I sure loved reading it! And yeah, you were convincing :D

  9. Oh, yes, yes, YES!!! I definitely stands for Indiana Jones! Hilarious post--and I loved every moment of it!

  10. Woohoo! Can I grab the next boat??? What a fun story. You made me laugh!

  11. I'm giggling... Reminded me of "Romancing the Stone"!

  12. Oh Barb, this was soooo fun to read! =] Sigh. Indie. Can I go kayaking with you next time? ;-)

  13. Whaaaaaat? You mean it isn't a true story??? I was so convinced that I started to write all my friend (well, I only have one!) to brag that I knew you because of your encounter with the heart throb of two generations! Please tell me it's true. I love this story and lived through it vicatiously! LOL

  14. I really was kayaking in Kauai, and I really did tip over! I also swang from a vine on a tree and landed in a pooling area! The guides for one of the kayaking trips said that Indiana Jones did swing here in a filming of one of his adventures! :)

  15. LOL... Love it! Thanks for the smile. :-)

  16. That's your story and you're sticking to it! You go Girl!


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