One man's rush to jump on the kayaking bandwagon

Just another day on the lake

Heath and I saw some kind of critter swimming around in the lake today. Not sure if it was a beaver, an otter, or some turned around raccoon, but it was about 3 feet long and could swim faster than we could paddle.
tags: lake

January 27, 2007

Windy solo outing

I went out on my own today. The forecast was for sustained 15mph winds with gusts up to 30mph. This was just too much for Heath.
I put in on Falls Lake at the Creedmoore road boat ramp. It's actually not a bad place to put in. You can drive your car to within a couple of feet of the water. (I'm not sure if it's legal, but it's possible. Curbs are merely suggestions, right?)
I headed off into the wind. I made little progress and got a lot of strange looks from all the bass boat jockey's who were taking advantage of the abnormally warm winter weather. I up the inlet, past the marina, and towards the road that TomTom thinks still exists. (It doesn't. Unless your car can swim.)
I love paddling into the wind. It just makes you feel like you're flying across the water. Obviously, the downside is that faster you feel, the slower you're going. After three or so miles heading into the wind, I turned around.
The wind was now directly behind me. According to my GPS, I was moving around 3.5 kts without paddling at all. Before I knew it, I was back at the boat ramp.
tags: lake

January 06, 2007