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kayakingI’m not proud of this, but I’m an overweight, out of shape baby boomer age lady!  There,  I admitted it!  I know I need to work on it; eat right and exercise.  I have no legitimate excuse, so I’ll just keep working at making those right food choices and getting in that daily walk.  Never give up!

There is one form of exercise that my husband Paul, (who is also an overweight, out of shape baby boomer) and I have found that we really do enjoy together.  That sport is flat water kayaking!

No white water for us!  Flat water simply means a body of water that is calm or flat, no waves or rapids, such as a lake or slow moving river.  To me it means “much safer”.  Some people enjoy kayaking in the ocean, but that would never work for me.  I have had a totally irrational fear of sharks ever since the debut of “Jaws” in 1975.  Just another one of my idiosyncrasies.

We spent a leisurely morning recently kayaking up a local river.  There was a slight wind causing the water to be a little choppy, but it was otherwise a perfect day.  At times the river is so flat it looks like a sheet of glass.

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The river has some islands in it and we decided to stop and explore one.

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Paul checking out the island. I just hope there isn’t any poison ivy or snakes!

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Looking out through the foliage on the island.

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Somebody else has been spending time on this island!

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The dreaded “selfie”.

Paul and I purchased our kayaks three years ago and it has been a very good investment.  The great thing about kayaking from a financial perspective is once you’ve made the original investment in equipment, there isn’t any cost involved except for gas to get to and from your kayaking destination.

 

 

Equipment required to get started…

  • kayak
  • paddle
  • life vest
  • water shoes

We purchased 8 ft kayaks.  They’re not too bulky to carry and fit easily in the back of our truck.

My biggest problem with kayaking…

is trying to exit the kayak!  I need to watch a video on how to do this correctly.  Paul always helps me and sometimes I still manage to fall in.  My funniest and most embarrassing moment with trying to get out of the kayak was at the end of another day we had spent on the river.  We paddled to shore and Paul exited his kayak, pulled it up on shore and turned to help me.  As he was holding my arm trying to help me up, I fell into the water and pulled him in right on top of me.  There was a line of people on the boat ramp just standing there staring at us.  I know I saw some trying to hide their laughter, but all I could do was laugh!  I wish I had a video.

In closing…

If you have any local rivers or lakes, flat water kayaking might be something you want to try.  It’s a great form of recreation and one that we truly enjoy.

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Patty September 18, 2016, 7:52 pm

Hi Teresa,
You just reinforced in my brain something I’ve been wanting to do and something my husband would enjoy also. The last time I kayaked the group of people I was with was in such a hurry! I like to take my time, maybe catch a view of a bird, wildlife. or fish. Of course, it can’t be too hot or too cold. It seems as I get older I’m miserable with either one. Our river near us looks like yours!
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Teresa September 19, 2016, 8:30 pm

You sound like me, the entire time I’m out on the water I’m trying to catch a glimpse of a turtle, fish and any other type of wildlife I can. Kayaks should be on sale about now, making it a good time to take the plunge! Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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Grandma Kc September 23, 2016, 2:49 pm

That really does look like fun and very peaceful, too. Of course if we wanted to do it we would have to do the ocean kind as it is just so close! And I don’t know of any rivers around here. Sure wish I could see that exit video!!!
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Teresa September 24, 2016, 8:20 pm

It was hilarious! I struggle getting out every single time. The last time we went I said that I was going to go home and watch videos about the proper way to exit a kayak. Have I done it yet? No!

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Laura September 30, 2016, 7:52 pm

In my 30’s, and I just did flat water kayaking for the first time this summer in a lake. I don’t swim much at all and not very well (deep water freaks me out), but with a life vest I finally felt calm enough to try. My kids and husband loved it, and I really enjoyed it too. Something I would definitely like to do again next summer! Plus our sons went fishing in the kayaks with adults, and caught their first fish. It was a great day.

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Teresa September 30, 2016, 8:29 pm

I haven’t tried fishing in our kayaks yet, but I think it would be lots of fun. I’m glad you gave kayaking a try and liked it!

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