Have You Ever Tried Kayaking?

To kayak, or not to kayak... that is the question.

Kathy & I have been talking about it for a while, but before we went hunting for a good deal on kayaks, we thought it best to take a test run.

Our friend Diane told us about a restaurant in Olympia on the water that rents kayaks, so about a month ago we tried out their breakfast/kayak package. For both of us it was our first time in a kayak.  Even though it was a little tippy at times, we enjoyed our outing. I still wasn’t quite convinced this would be one of our favorite things-we-do-together.

One week later test #2 came while I was visiting family in Florida. My brother in law Chris (a former Port Angeles High teacher) took me out for a kayak spin in the Intracoastal Waterway along the Treasure Coast. He promised no alligators, and he came through on that promise.  I really liked how stable his kayak felt, and I was starting to feel a bit more confident. I have tipped over one too many canoes in my life and am not a good swimmer... I was hopeful kayaking was potentially more upright.

So, last Saturday morning our hunt was on to find some end of season deals on kayaks, and thanks to some advance scouting by Kathy, we fared very well. By that afternoon we were paddling on the Sound… yes, we have become kayakers!

OK, I can’t say this is a great lifetime achievement. But if there is any life lesson to be found in this, I would suggest to you: It’s good to practice getting comfortable to step out of our comfort zone. You just might find something unexpectedly nice.

Happy paddling!

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  1. DeannaH_2 posted on 10/03/2012 09:24 AM
    Thanks Larry - believe it or not we have been having the same conversation since last year - to kayak or not? We even looked at season end sales and touched and . eyed the different models etc. I think we will rent/borrow for a couple times early next year as you suggested and get a better feel for the sport.

    Regards,
    Deanna
    1. Larry Lomax posted on 10/03/2012 10:07 AM
      @DeannaH_2 All kayaks are not created equal, so it's good to try a few kinds. There sure is a wide range of pricing for kayaks, and we are on the entry level end. Stability was a lot more important than speed for me.
  2. SusanV_3 posted on 10/03/2012 09:31 AM
    That is great you stepped out and tried something new. This can be applied to so many things. Thank you for sharing and Happy Kayaking to you!
  3. CHRISTIEM_6698 posted on 10/03/2012 09:47 AM
    I kayaked all over the place during my 23 yrs in the Air Force...lots of different types of kayaks in lots of different places. I Loved it All. When I retired I Finally bought a few of my own. I knew exactly what i wanted at that time. Something my Grankyds and kids could enjoy too..yet give me the Quiet, Peaceful and enjoyment I Needed.
    I chose 2 Calipsos...Made for women....easy to grab and put on my vehichle...and go to one of the Many Lakes we have in our neighborhood. It is One of the very best Dreams come true for me. So Much Beauty and Peace...and just a few minutes away. Every time it is like a mini Retreat..that affects my whole being....I hope you come to find your experiences as satisfying as mine..
    1. Larry Lomax posted on 10/03/2012 10:02 AM
      @CHRISTIEM_6698 Thanks for the insight of your experience, Christie.Finding a peaceful spot on the water is very therapeutic.
  4. LaurieC_7 posted on 10/03/2012 10:30 AM
    We started kayaking 3 years ago with our then 12 year old son. I will never forget the first time he went out in our used (new to us) kayak. He he had a few classes in kayaking and we were comfortable letting him go on the lake by himself. He shoved off from the shore with this look of total independance and freedom. He grew up several years right in front of my eyes in that moment. What a wonderful memory. Enjoy your kayaking with friends and family. Cherish the memories.
  5. SarahW_4 posted on 10/03/2012 10:54 AM
    Hi Larry,
    Great story and experiences in the making. I've been taking kayak lessons with the Community Boating Center in Bellingham, and am a big fan of yoga kayaking and pilates kayaking classes. The restaurant- what is the name please, my husband and I would love to go.
    Thank you
    Sarah
    1. Larry Lomax posted on 10/03/2012 11:56 AM
      @SarahW_4 Some early (and sunny) Saturday morning make the drive to Olympia to Tugboat Annies. www.tugboatannies.com Be curious if any other waterside eateries do a similar breakfast/kayayk rental package.
  6. RonG_1816 posted on 10/03/2012 11:01 AM
    Kayaking has been part of our lifes for about twenty years. We live in Lynden, Wa and have had a Folbot kayak for years. We are on our 2nd double. This kayak is a fold up and is awesome. Anybody interested in the Folbot. Go to www.folbot.com. We take this kayak with us in our motor home. Take it with us everywhere an enjoy it so much. Where there is water you will find us in our kayak. Happy Kayaking. Ron G.
    1. Larry Lomax posted on 10/03/2012 12:01 PM
      @RonG_1816 Watched the video on the fold out kayak... pretty smart design!
  7. SheilaL_3 posted on 10/03/2012 11:07 AM
    So, I'm reading your blog and giggling. You work in radio in Seattle and visit family in FL. I'm (behind the scenes) in radio in FL and visit family in Seattle. Can't get past the gator fear to try kayaking in FL. That adventure needs to wait until we live near gator free waters. For now, I will seek out another adventure that requires me to step out of my comfort zone. Hmmm, skydiving perhaps?
  8. SusieO posted on 10/03/2012 11:21 AM
    This is too funny...I just posted our 2 inflatable kayaks for sale on Craigslist yesterday! Funny so many people are kind of
    thinking about the same things at the same time.
  9. RobbiB_2 posted on 10/03/2012 10:20 PM
    My husband and I have discovered how much we enjoy our time kayaking together. We share a love of calm waters--lakes, bays, and newly discovered San Juans kayaking. Our little Rav4 carries our 2 sea kayaks (14' w/high stability) to various Washington locales, and we've been refreshed by getting to spend time together outdoors, at and in the water. It is a great way to 'get away from it all' and appreciate Creation and make memories. Ocean Shores has 20+ miles of man-made fingerling fresh-water canals (connected to Duck lake) where greenery and wildlife abound, and no-risk kayaking. : )
  10. M SheenV posted on 10/04/2012 02:19 AM
    Hello Larry, Boy it has been much too long since we last spoke, It was at the National Psoriasis Foundation Walk in Renton a few years back. I was crippled then and now I am permanently disabled, and don't think I will be out in a kayak anytime soon, but I love the fact that you are out there entertaining strangers with some water skills. Whenever I am out an about I often wonder just how many people's live's I will touch that day. I wonder if I will see any neighbors pass my way either. I think that while I am out and about I can bless so many people and help some out somehow, if only with a smile. Christlike Love is seen in good works, and I do my best to let others see the good in me. Even in perhaps a few words. I used to think that my words or deeds seemed all too small, But I know that deep down God can take those few little words that I have sown, and He can nourish them until they're fully grown. We bondservants sow the seed, but it is God that truly produces the Harvest.I always have believed that no matter what phase of our life that we may be going through,life always affords us opportunities to grow in faith and wisdom. Numbering our days is the wise response to life's inevitable progress. We are all on a different journey, and we shouldn't just spend it wastefully, we should invest in it by leading others and sharing ,"The Word." When we embrace the Bible's wisdom, we will seek the welfare of others, and it's our responsibility as followers of Christ to respond in kind to others with honesty and integrity, by doing what is right, just, and fair. Have a Blessed day and we'll chat again in the future.


    Warmest Wishes,
    Mychael
    1. Larry Lomax posted on 10/04/2012 06:17 AM
      @M SheenV Thanks for sharing, Michael.... you are right, the small things do count.
  11. CindyH_8 posted on 10/11/2012 12:20 PM
    Bought my husbands kayak...it's how we met, and it's never left his (general) possession since I could never get it into my apartment door! After taking an amazing kayak trip with a large group in 1995 in search of Orca's (which by the way, made their appearance and then came up close and personal with our group of 3 doubles sitting tight - I literally could have touched the baby orca doing circles around us)) it was my new love. Then a family tragedy and death of my younger sister which took me away from the area for the next 4 years. The NW called me back - and the first thing I did was to purchase a kayak - from the man I would then marry. It saddens me a bit that 3 children later we rarely get out in them, but it's because niether of us has family in the area or much help in the way of sitters. Yet, I keep up hope as they get older that they will join us soon on the water and that we will make more of an effort to enjoy the things that brought us together. Say yes to kayaking!
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