One man's rush to jump on the kayaking bandwagon

Paddling in the rain

Since I have little time to go out in the kayak, I want to be able to go no matter what the weather is like. While Heath has a strict no rain policy, I'm fine with it. It means there will be fiewer boats on the lake.
I didn't go very far, but I went far enough to realize my "water resistant" jacket needs replacing. My new gloves worked well. I really need some way of keeping my feet dry getting in and out of the boat. I was fine this time, but I'll need something when it gets colder.
On my way back to the boat ramp, I encountered a lone bass boat camped out underneath the bridge. One of the fisherman commented, "You're getting wet." I replied, "Yes, I am, but that's okay." That pretty much sums up today's paddle.
tags: lake

October 27, 2006

Kayaks at the lumberyard

Heath, Jean and I drove up to the Appomattox River Company in Farmville, VA. It wasn't at all what I expected. It looks like its in an old lumber yard. Stacks of lumber have been replaced with stacks of kayaks, still in their shipping wrappers. Its a great place to go if you want to pick up a new kayak, but if you're just browsing, its a bit of a disappointment.
Appomattox River Company's absurb collection of kayaks
Appomattox River Company's absurb collection of kayaks
The main "showroom" is very small, but it seems that everything you could ever want is "in a box upstairs somewhere". I got a skirt, Jean got a new paddle, and Heath got a new drybag.
tags: gear

October 21, 2006

Afternoon on the lake

Heath and I went out together for the first time today. The weather was great. We launched from the Upper Barton Creek boat ramp. Its very busy, but we don't have to haul the boats down a large hill like we do when we launch from the dam.
tags: lake

October 15, 2006

First time out

Today was the first day in my new kayak. I'm sure I made the right choice with the Wilderness Tsunami 140. Now comes the quest to find which kayak accessories define me as a person.
I think I hate my paddle already.
tags: lake, gear

October 13, 2006


My mother died in a car crash today.
Makes you wonder. If the computer had been right, if there really was a yellow one without a rudder, I'd be getting there just about the time it happened. She would likely have been at home waiting for me to get there.

October 07, 2006

My new kayak

I got my kayak today. It is a used/demo blue Wilderness Tsunami 140. I hope to take it out tomorrow. A Werner Skagit was included in the package. I'm not sure I like it, but I have no idea what I'd want instead.
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140
It's odd that I got the kayak so close to home. After spending all day on the phone, planning to drive to Greensboro, or Newport News, driving half a mile up the road makes it feel like an impulse buy. I guess it kind of was.
tags: gear

October 07, 2006

Could have been me (x 2)

The October 2006 issue of Sea Kayaker Magazine has a photo of a kayak in front of a leaping dolphin from Morrea Island. And then I found the summer issue of Adventure Kayak has a similar photo. I was there, did that, but didn't get the picture. But, I did get these.
tags: coastal

October 04, 2006