Reality check was harsh after returning from New Zealand in February. A lot of work to be done on my college final paper, a job and short cold winter days meant not much paddling was on horizon. Furthermore, compared to last year, this winter wasn’t as generous with snow and not much water was coming down the Slovenian Alps this spring. Yes, this spring sucked for me from a kayaker’s point of view. Nevertheless I did join the white-water rescue training programme and I got to train as an instructor under supervision of Slovene water rescue guru Urban Herzog. If I don’t feel my best as a kayaker at least you can rely on me to be more accurate throwing stones at you when you get stuck in some sticky hole. Keep that in mind when looking for a companion to some crazy creeks this summer!