Cherry Point program offers military spouses day of relaxation

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Kayakers, from left, Nicole Gonzales, Kathleen Garretson, and Courtney Norris, paddle toward a marshy shoreline on Slocum Creek during Exploration Day at Cherry Point.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 08:02 PM.

Amy Zier knew if the weather cooperated, last week’s Outdoor Exploration Day would be a big success.

Zier, with Marine Corps Family Team Building, led about 25 military spouses on an afternoon of canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and yoga.

“It’s beautiful out here. Gorgeous water, clear skies, wonderful day,” Zier said. “The weather cleared out for us, which is wonderful. Everyone is really enjoying everything. Everyone is trying something new today, like kayaking or paddle boarding, that they hadn’t done before and they seemed to really enjoy it.”

The event was held on the banks of Slocum Creek at Ordnance Point aboard Cherry Point.

“We want to make sure that our military spouses feel empowered and that they have opportunities to make friends, meet new people and make connections here on base, so this is a great way for people to come out and try out a new hobby and see some of the things we have to offer aboard base like the kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and yoga classes that are offered every day,” Zier said. “This is just a great way to share it with them.”

Melanie Stone was one of the participants.

“It was difficult because you have to hold your balance while trying to move and paddle at the same time,” she said of paddle boarding. “It was the first time I’ve done it. It was difficult, but you get the hang of it once you start standing up and moving around. I’ve tried surfing, but it’s the first time I’ve done standup paddle boarding. I love being active and doing anything athletic.”

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