So today was quite the day, I have been wanting to try kayaking for quite awhile, I keep meaning to go to a kayak rental place near my house (http://www.eastlakecanoe.com/) but I just never seem to get around to it. Well today I made it down there just after they opened, I rented one of their kayak’s, got some quick instruction on how to use them and I was off. I spent two hours paddling around the Chagrin river and then I headed out and paddled around lake Erie for awhile.
All in all, I loved it, the kayak I rented was nice, but I could really see where having a nicer one would make it a lot nicer. I ended up talking to the person that heads up the local kayak club here (http://www.chagrinriverckc.org/) and discussed what type of kayak I would most likely enjoy, she also mentioned that many of the kayaks were on sale right now because it is towards the end of the season.
So of course, while I was running some errands this afternoon I stopped by one of the stores and found they were very much on sale, after agonizing in the store for about an hour I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase one, I got a Future Beach Vector 144. I ended up saving about $250 on the kayak and associated equipment.
Right now I have been trying to run 3 miles 3 times a week, I am really hoping that I can take two of the other mornings and go out and kayak on the lake. Based off from my trip today, kayaking is quite the upper body workout, also from reading and from what is currently sore :-), kayaking will really work out my core muscles. This kayak is a pretty large kayak, my other hope is that I can do some weekend survival camping/kayaking trips. I would like to be able to pack the kayak and head down a river for a couple of days camping as I go.
I know this really seems like an impulse buy, but I have been thinking (and saving) for the last couple months for it, I really just wanted to get out and confirm that I would enjoy being out on the lake in a kayak. After my trip today it really confirmed how much fun I think it will be. Also I keep saying its a shame to live as close as I do to lake Erie and to never actually do anything on it.