Even in a wet suit, it is not a comfortable five minute dip to test paddle gear or practice cowboy scrambles - not shocking, but not enjoyable either. It's a big change from water temps in July, August, and September - which were still cool at best. Next paddle, I'll bring a thermometer and plunge it a few feet down to see how cold the water is.
No matter what the season, I find Maelstrom Kayaks beautiful both on and off the water. And so does everyone else. People keep coming up to me with the same comment: "What a beautiful kayak!" From the shoreline, the water, or a gas station as I fill up.
|Maelstrom Vital 166|
|Maelstrom Vaag 174|
Maelstrom Vital 166 when it's strappped up on the car.
It's such a skinny, low volume boat. Every time I look at its narrow girth, I wonder how I can feel so stable and comfortable in something that sits with so little in the water. Although, in gusty wind and confused chop, I do sometimes feel waves sweep over the back of my boat and roll over the cockpit from behind or from the side. When I reach for the skeg slider on the left, it is sometimes completely submerged with waves rushing past it.
The September and October highs will soon be followed by the November lows in the National Capital Region of Canada.
Low temps and grey colours. November around here is when I park my Boreal Baffin and Maelstrom Vital 166 sea kayaks, unless the weather convinces me otherwise (it never does), and it's time to cook! Yes, eat and cook up some ideas for trips elsewhere!
Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of October's best!
|Can you see the deer in the centre of the image peeking out from the forest and blending in with an old stump?|
|This is what your Greenland Paddle (GP) looks like underwater in the afternoon October sun.|
|You can pick out deer from the water when they flick their ears or show their white tails. Otherwise, they look like tree stumps.|
Yep, we have to think about this stuff in more ways than one, and year round, especially if you travel.