Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm Hooked

What a great day at the lake! Everything was, company and a new adventure.

I have always wanted to learn to kayak. And since we live so very close to the water (Atlantic Ocean) we never found the time to give it a try...always so busy. Until today.

Liz, our good friend, called early and offered her kayaks and her expertise. We were ready for this and said YES.

We got there within the hour and made sure the dogs were well exercised. They were not included to come along. They would stay in the house. Sophie will tell you about that, I'm sure.

Got the kayaks out of the shed.

Down to the shore for some instruction. This was my first time in one. Ron had done a little years ago. Liz knew what she was doing.

My first question was: How tippy were they? Not at all, was the reply....whew! That out of the way. In the past I always thought kayakers had to know what to do if it tipped over and your head was under water and everything was up-side-down. No worries we were assured. But we were ready for any tumbles....had on life jackets and planned to stay close to shore at first.

After the basics, there was only one way to learn the 'ropes'. In the water we went.

First thing I noticed was the quietness and the softness of the kayak going through the water....very smooth. I loved it immediately.

We went along the shore for a ways. We were the only ones on the lake and there were a few people on their properties doing their thing. 

For over an hour we roamed around the water and headed back. Ron and I were beginning to feel muscles that we haven't worked in a while. But it felt good.

So glad we did this today. Opened up a whole new venue for us. Much needed I must say and very timely. Will start to look into purchasing a couple.

 Finally using the water that is everywhere in this fair province of ours.


  1. I had always thought you could easily tip -- and stay that way -- too. Hurray! Now, I am not a water person, but your description has got even me wanting to give it a try. Well done!

  2. I am so happy you are so enthusiastic about it! It does look like fun! I have only seen Sophie swimming.... so was just a little concerned. It's great exercise and the peace out on the water has to be like being in God's presence! I have never kayaked, but I had a little puddle jumper and it was so nice to just go out on the lake and row around. It's so (man - I can't think of the proper word!!!) like soothing to the soul.

  3. I have always wanted to do that! Looks like you all had a good time!

  4. I've wanted to try too but have also been worried about the tippiness of them and needing to know how to "roll" in case you flip upside down.

  5. I KNEW you would absolutely love it. We have been hooked for years, and try to go out with our canoe/kayak club at least once a month. We usually explore a different lake each time, but we have also kayaked in the ocean. Two years ago we took a sunset/dolphin watch kayak tour on the ocean and it was probably one of the most amazing things we have done, ever. The dolphins were jumping all around us as we paddles into the sunset, the marshes surrounding us with all the noises of the creatures who live there... too neat.

  6. Fabulous ! I have done a day course twice with a big group of other mums ( left the kids behind ) & loved it. We had a fantastic time.

    The kids have the sit on Kayacks but I like the sit in ones better

  7. This looks like my kind of kayaking! So peaceful and relaxing.

  8. Brave. Brave. And did I mention you are all brave!! So, what do you do if the kayak turns upside down?

  9. AJ, One would literally fall out of it. You are not 'seat-belted' in or anything. Plus you have on a life-jacket. So no fear of drowning.....especially on a very calm lake. We weren't doing 'rapids!!!'. M-M-M. You'd have a ball!

  10. The pictures are beautiful. It looks so peaceful. I've been canoeing, but have never been in a kayak. Now I want to go.

  11. Java, don't wait as long as I it as soon as you can.

  12. Thanks for visiting my place. I wish you'd popped over earlier too - I have a gazillion questions re the day job! Oh well. I hope you don't mind me mithering you over here.

    And thanks for the story. I'm still not convinced about kayaking (the tipping! the tipping!) but the scenery is beautiful. :-)

  13. Hello! I loved reading your post, as I used to live in Nova Scotia, Port Mulgrave across from Cape Breton Island! I spent most of my chilhood there. So I am fascinated with you blog now! Living in Nova Scotia has left such a big impression on me, I look on it as having the most influence on moulding me as a person. I am following now, so I can come back and have another look! Suzie x

  14. Looks like great fun! Glad you enjoyed it so. =)

  15. that last pic holds the promise of many adventures. keep safe, that's all i'm saying.


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