|You do need to lift the boat and well-strapped on kayak cart over the tree! Don't try pulling it over. Everyone already knows that . . . right!? It's easier with two people. Paddle buddies are awesome for this. Another reason not to kayak alone.|
And here's the kick.
I didn't test the cart and rear hatch space to see if they fit before the Adirondack trip and lost a night of sleep the day before the portage trip wondering if it would.
Usually I test gear before a trip, but this time my attitude was: "The cart is going into or onto the Maelstrom Vital 166 one way or another. So why bother."
Now you don't have to wonder.
The Maelstrom Kayak back hatches are pretty small, but they did design them large enough to function as awesome day paddle boats. I wouldn't even attempt to kayak camp with one though.
|Maelstrom Vital 166 on Yedo Paddleboy kayak cart after a successful canoe trail portage|
Why am I telling you this this?
|When it's time to portage in the wilderness, that's not when you want to find out that your kayak cart and sea kayak don't fit well or perform well together!|
So shopping for a good kayak cart that is easy to assemble and disassemble and that packs into a hatch and hauls your kayak well on uneven bumpy trail with some rock and exposed tree roots is important. Maybe even mud!
It will save you and all your paddle buddies time and energy.
I'd go for a sturdy, reliable kayak cart model, even if it is a little heavier than a lighter weight model.
This lets me spend my time and energy where I'd rather put it! Paddling, eating lunch, taking pics, and doing outdoor yoga.
|Paddling Adirondack's lakes and rivers with my new red cedar GP (Greenland Paddle). A gift from PenobscotPaddles during my recent trip to paddle the Atlantic ocean from the Deer Isle-Stonington archipelago, Maine, U.S.A. I'm guessing Mark will want to see where his awesome GP is traveling to.|
And so far, the one I found in the 1000 Islands Gananoque, in Ontario, Canada on the St. Lawrence River is lookin' pretty good right now. It has a beautiful, historic, protected gazebo.
It's raining here in the Adirondacks for the next couple of days and I'm doing indoor yoga in an old crooked cabin with floors that are not level. But at least I have a protected waterfront view of a lake with Adirondack mountain backdroppings.
The locals, and a few maps are helping me locate a few good spots to explore for outdoor paddle to yoga. Rainy days are excellent for planning good-weather trips, and visiting local museums and outfitters.
To let you know just how outback this area is, they only sell beer around here! It's a long drive just to find a bottle of wine. No complaints. I'm just sayin'!
All we need now is the weather to cooperate. Seems rain and storms want to be the boss for a few days!
Even though we're all well-equipped for paddling rain and light wind, exploring the other things the Adirondack region has to offer is way more interesting!
Rainy days here means more time in an outdoor Internet Cafe - which today is a gas station parking lot with free Internet access and a Porta Pottie for a restroom.
Ahhh! The joys of quasi-wilderness blogging and finding your way around in a new place!
I'm also shopping for a better Internet Cafe!