My first kayak?!
Today, I’ve got an announcement to make. I’ve just bought…wait for it…my first kayak! I never thought I’d say that, but here we are! Living here in Port Kent has been absolutely inspiring as far as my love of water. I’ve swum more in the past year than probably the rest of my life, and I can’t tell you how much I love being a 10 minute walk from a beautiful lake.
Anyway, for the past month or so, I’d been watching kayakers go by, heading out to the islands in the middle of the lake (there are camps, and some really cool historical lighthouses out there, apparently. I've been reading about all the places you can go here: http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe/champlain/ ). One day, I bit the bullet and rented a kayak from the stand here in town, and drove down to the lake. It was expensive as all get out, but I have to say that I was giggling from about the first minute. I guess I was used to my parents’ clunky canoe, so that might explain my surprise, but I was completely shocked by how darn easy it was to move! I like to get outside, but I’m not exactly ripped, so it was honestly really heartening to find out that I could actually kayak without dying of exhaustion (just as a quick note, I was sore as hell the next day. But still.). I rented again the next day, and then thought to myself, there’s no way this isn’t gonna turn into a thing. And I’m spending money up the wazoo to rent a kayak, so I should just buy one.
I’ve never touched a kayak until this year, so I really didn’t have anywhere to start. Plus, when I googled the brand they had at the rental place, they were super expensive, and hard to find. Finally I found A SITE that had loads of reviews for all sorts of kayaks (as in, literally ANY type of kayaks. Check out bestkayaks.reviews, and if you want to be amazed at some of the stuff that’s out there, catch a look at http://bestkayaks.reviews/top-rated-inflatable), and there were some that I figured I could make work given my big tax credit this year (thanks, Uncle Sam!). So, as of today, actually, I officially own my first kayak! Yay! I’m totally bummed that it’s raining today, but I’m refusing to accept that as an omen, and I’m gonna get out on the lake tomorrow early in the morning. I’m so excited. I can do this whenever. I. want. Holy shit!
Can’t wait to hit the lake! If you guys have any tips, let me know!