We Bought A Kayak

An inflatable kayak. Seemed the best way to transport a kayak. Especially as we start full-time travel. I chose the Sea Eagle 370, big enough for two people and all the gear they would want to stuff in there. It inflates quickly and easily. I tried it in my garage and it went together quickly. We were eager to try it on the water so I picked a likely launch spot at New Melones Lake, near Sonora, CA.

We drove up to Sonora and had lunch at Schnoog’s. Then we headed over to the spot I had chosen. Then we ran into the first problem. It was muddy, and crowded. And full of boats playing obnoxious rap music. Eh… nope. We drove over to another part of the lake and after taking one look at the shoreline we decided that was a no-go too.

NOPE!

By now the wind started picking up. It was going to make launching an inflatable kayak challenging for the first timers that we are. We decided to walk up the shoreline to see if it got any better. Then we ran into this.

Vultures sitting on a dead tree

If the rocks weren’t enough, if the wind wasn’t enough, the vultures were enough to make us realize that this was not the day to go on the maiden voyage of our kayak! We have rescheduled for this Friday morning back at Modesto Reservoir. We’ll let you know how that goes!

3 thoughts on “We Bought A Kayak

  1. Melanie Hopkins

    We watched several kayaker channels on YouTube . Our favorite channel was an outfitter in Lodi. He bought different models at Bass Pro Shop and took them to different lake areas to show the difference in maneuverability and comfort. We were considering getting a few for fishing. But we’ll likely rent to start—while we have Dad we won’t be traveling too far afield so short fishing trips may be our thing for a while. I think kayak fishing would be very relaxing.

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