As you might have guessed from my blog header, I now have a kayak. In fact, I have two kayaks. I decided that it would be nice to have two for when the kids come to visit. It has already proven to be a great plan. David came for the weekend right after I bought the kayaks, so he came out with Jay and me to give them a test paddle.
In case you are wondering how someone without arms manages to paddle a kayak, have a close look at the picture on the bottom left. David has worked out a system where he holds the paddle in the crook of his arms and rotates the paddle from side to side from that position. It takes a lot more work to do it that way, but then that's how it is with most of the things David does. This probably explains why he consumes so much food!
Jay had never been in a kayak before, but David and I managed to get him launched. Jay is a fisheries biologist and has spent a lot of time on the water, but all of that time has been in boats where there was a little more distance between him and the lake. I don't think he will be a frequent paddler.
Then Rebekah came to visit. We managed to walk Teapot Hill and go kayaking all in the same day.
Next up were Jay's sister Maureen and her husband Robert. They came over from Vancouver Island to stay with us for a couple of days, and brought their kayaks with them so all four of us could go out together. It's okay to laugh. We look pretty ridiculous.
Kayaking is a lot of fun. Putting the kayaks on top of the vehicle, then taking them off at the lake, then doing that all over again when it's time to come home isn't. In knitterly terms the kayaking itself is like knitting a beautiful project. Loading and unloading them is like sewing up the seams once the knitting is done. Just so you don't think I'm exaggerating, a friend of mine just bought a couple of sea kayaks and she told me if she and her husband didn't come up with a better system for getting those things on and off their truck their marriage might not last.
My kayak - the mango coloured one in the blog header - is a Wilderness Systems Pongo 120. I needed a kayak that was light enough I could get it on and off my vehicle on my own if I wanted to go out on a regular basis. I didn't need something as long as a sea kayak, but also didn't want a short kayak like the kind used on rivers. I wanted something very stable. The Pongo 120 is what is classified as a recreational kayak, and was exactly what I was looking for.
It has been a dream of mine for a long time to have a kayak. There is something so incredibly peaceful and restorative about being out on the lake, paddling along, enjoying the scenery, the gentle sound of water splashing against the boat, and the smell of woodsmoke wafting across the water from the nearby campsites. Here is a glimpse of the view Rebekah and I enjoyed the day we went out. That's Mt. Cheam in the distance.
Can you tell how happy I am?