The first time blowing them up wasn't too bad - once we had found where all 5 of the valves were! The foot pumps are really great, and it didn't take very long. There is even a little gauge that you put up to a matching gauge on the side of the kayak and check to make sure they have enough air in them.
We paddled around a bit, trying to get the feel of them and get used to the two ended paddle. Each of us had a problem, though. Hubby's kayak insisted in going around in clockwise circles, and mine insisted in going around in counter-clockwise circles. We couldn't figure it out!
When we were about ready to close up shop and head home (thunder getting nearer) I had pulled my kayak up on the bank, with it leaning down toward the water and I had a huge, brilliant flash of inspiration!
It was SO MUCH FUN!!! I felt much more comfortable this time, and totally enjoyed seeing the lake from on the water instead of the bank. It is a very clear mountain lake, most of the shoreline is what I call 'table' rock, or large sheets of rock that go down into the water. Mossy banks and mountain laurel bushes and evergreens went up the mountainsides from the water. It is absolutely beautiful!
Oh, and I even saw a tiny bit of this . . .
Color! Red leaves. Not a lot, but there were a few, promising the fall season's approach.
That's hubby, paddling along. He's getting much more confident, which is a great thing. When he really paddles hard, he goes off and leaves me in his
We had such a great time - did I say that already??? Sorry, but we did! We have talked a lot this weekend, and can see ourselves getting out a lot more and doing what we love. We didn't need to spend the money, but if you don't put yourself out there some times and do new and different things, you'll end up in a bigger rut than ever.
If you look at the picture above, there was a heavy rain cloud hanging over the lake. We were across the cove from the boat dock where we had put in, and we headed back across to get in the car, but the rain got to us about half way across, so we started paddling harder and it started raining harder. We laughed all the way across! It was a lot of fun, even though we got pretty wet. We looked around and the lake was pretty much socked in with clouds and rain, so we packed up and headed south.
We took some new roads and found some cool new places to visit. I've lived in Georgia all my life, and we've ridden the roads a lot, and it is always fun to find a new route that shows us things we've never seen before. Well, I need to go start dinner. What was your last adventure, or when is your next one planned? If you don't do it, no one else can do it for you! Get out and do something fun this week! Blessings, Becky