One man's rush to jump on the kayaking bandwagon

Puddle Paddling

Falls lake is not what it used to be. It's full of new islands, old islands are now peninsulas, the marina now has dry slips, and many of the boat ramps don't quite reach the water. Not only is it hard to find a place to put in, it's just depressing.
There's red clay everywhere. It's not just mud. It's clay. It is nearly impossible to remove from anything it touches. After hours in salt water and countless water hose rinses, my kayak has red clay smudges that don't wash off.
Where's this global warming that's going to lead to the worst hurricane season in history? Where was it last year? How hot does it need to get to get at least a decent tropical depression? Any thoughts, Mr. Gore?
Forget my job, my wife's job, our friends, our lives - I need to move to the coast.
tags: lake

October 27, 2007

Kayaks are everywhere

I really am on some kind of bandwagon. There are kayaks everywhere around Wrightsville Beach. Not only does Salt Marsh Kayak have a lot to do with it, but there are a lot of people bringing their own boats.
Kayaks at Wrightsville Beach
Kayaks at Wrightsville Beach

October 14, 2007

Just another day at the beach

When I've previously taught myself how to do something, I wondered if my ah-ha! moments were blatantly obvious to anyone with experience. I had one of those moments today when I realized that my PFD provides great back support.
During the week, I spend between 12 and 15 hours a day sitting in meetings, sitting front of a computer, or sitting in my car. On weekends, I jump in my kayak and expect my body to do something useful. Sometimes, if I've been able to keep up with my nightly stretching, my body is up for it. Other times, it just won't cooperate.
I drove down to Wrightsville Beach last night after spending most of the day in the car. I didn't sleep well and woke up fairly sore. I took a long, hot shower and did what I could to stretch everything. It must not have been enough. While setting my boat down in the water, my back let me know I missed something.
I tried stretching it out and even got in the boat to see if I could paddle it out, but each breath hurt. After a hour or so laying on the floor, a few Advil, and another hot shower, it wasn't any better and I was ready to give up on kayaking at all this weekend.
After a few hours, I was bored and decided to take another shot at adjusting all the straps on my PFD. I put on my PFD and it came as a bit of a surprise when my back finally relaxed. After a few minutes, it actually felt good enough to give paddling another shot. I was able to stay out for a little over an hour.
In hindsight, it's obvious. PFD's make pretty good back braces.

October 13, 2007

Rolling, Part 2

I'm getting closer. Hip flick, head comes out last. If only I could actually do it consistently.
After 2 hours of thrashing around, with the boatupside down more often than not, there was a little bit of water in the day hatch. User error. The hatch cover wasn't completely on. The front and rear hatches were totally dry. I love my boat.

October 07, 2007