|At REI, figuring out the kayak rack|
Today was our "maiden" voyage. My parents used to have kayaks so I've had some experience out on an ocean bay, but no experience on a lake or loading them on top of a car and hauling them someplace. We went up to Jenkinson Lake which is just 15 minutes from home.
|George and Nancy|
What we did right: got the kayaks on the car with out smashing a window; got in and out of the kayaks without capsizing; had a lovely picnic on the shore; wore sunscreen.
What we need to practice: loading the kayaks is painfully awkward. I'm sure we'll improve with time but we were pretty stressed loading and unloading (kudos to Brett: he only swore once); I need boat shoes -- flip flops are a major fail in sucking mud at the shoreline.
How we feel: exhausted, sore and very happy. We were out for four hours today and paddled out into the open water where we were buffeted by wind and wake waves from ski boats. My shoulders and core are already talking to me ... but we're also hooked. We'll be back out next weekend; the only decision is which lake to go to next.