Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rec kayaks - Love 'em or leave 'em?

St. Pete's Beach, Florida
Remember when you first tried kayaking? It was probably in a recreational plastic kayak rental parked along an inviting waterway on a beautiful, warm, sunny day.
Ocean sit-on-tops, St. Pete's Beach, Florida
You emptied your wallet or used your credit card to rent a couple of basic, indestructible, wide-bodied kayaks for a couple of hours to try it out, to see if you like kayaking.
Fort De Soto, Florida. Recreational rental kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards
Here's to all those sturdy, recreational soldier kayaks out there that teach us to be patient, shop around, visit symposiums, and find a kayak we really love. One that fits just right, performs with ease and grace, invites us to play, inspires us to invest in tons of our own custom gear, and compels us to buy cars and racks built to haul them around with us everywhere we go.
Fred Howard Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida
I look at the rec kayaks. But I leave 'em be, even though the water is so tempting. What I paddle and how it performs and feels makes all the difference to me.
Kayak rentals on St. Pete's Beach, Florida
That big, thick, green incredible hulk (hull) makes me wonder how you'll respond? And . . . how much do you weigh?

A lady on St. Pete's Beach, Florida wanders up to an outfitter and asks, "Is that some sort of a raft or something?" I smile and listen. I know, it had me fooled too. The outfitter explains, "It's an ocean sit on top kayak." Kayak has such a "wide" definition these days. It's easy to get confused.
Those roadside waterfront kayak rentals, the sturdy soldiers that they are, help lead us to the easy kayak launches.
Fort De Soto public kayak launch, Florida
Thank you rec kayaks. You make me want more . . .way more.
 Rec kayak rentals in waiting. Weedon Island Preserve, Florida
Give me a long, lean, performance sea kayak or bust!
Deer Isle Archipelago, Stonington, Maine, USA
This reminds me, it's time to plan another big road trip with the sea kayaks. When I leave mine behind, I tend to run with the sandpipers on the beach instead of paddling while tripping in Florida.
Love your kayak and where it takes you. Or, keep shopping!
Happy paddle trails.
The BaffinPaddler

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ready to turn your back on winter?

This is a typical mid-winter look for many living in cold climes.
With inconsistent temperatures and conditions that seem to change from one day to the next or within just a few hours, it can be tricky to get the wax right for the cross-country skis.
Hey! Are you coming along? Or are you just going to sit there?
Enjoy the snow while you can. The spring thaw is going to be wicked this year.

This scene is so much more appealing and still a very long wait to enjoy again in Canada!
Happy trails.
The BaffinPaddler

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yoga on skis?

Some yoga poses are more difficult than others on cross country skis. Something new to explore. Yoga goes where you go and stays with you, on and off the mat. It doesn't have to be spectacular or perfect. Yoga is a great teacher.

Thank you yoga teachers around the world. Thank you yoga. It makes everything better.
Happy winter trails.
Namaste.
The BaffinPaddler