Last summer when we went to the lake, we flew to NH, so we didn't have our kayaks with us. I ended up borrowing a kayak one day and renting kayaks on two other days. That got us to thinking maybe we should just buy a kayak to leave at the lake and not have to worry about transporting it.
Let me just say, it amazes me the things you can buy on Amazon.com and have delivered just about anywhere...
Paddle Log #29 was the maiden voyage of our new Emotion Tandemonium kayak.
Last summer, my eldest son and I rented a Tandemonium from Trexler's Marina (see Paddle Log #26) and liked it a lot. It's very similar to our Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL in that it is a sit-on-top, but it also has cup-holders molded into it. Just like our Malibu Two XL, it is very stable and nearly impossible to capsize.
It started raining, and we headed back to the beach.
We were only out for about 30 minutes and paddled a smidge under a mile down the shore and back.
Paddle Log #30 was my solo trip around Long Island. This is the third summer I've done this trek around the island.
I love this place.
It was a very calm and easy paddle until I got past the bridge there at Trexler's Marina. In fact, I paused there at the bridge, got my phone out of my dry bag and emailed my wife to tell her I'd be back in 20 minutes if the boys wanted to get ready to go out in the boat. Then, all of a sudden, the wind picked up out of the west-northwest. As I rounded the north end of the island, I was paddling directly into whitecaps and choppy seas. What should have taken me 20 minutes ended up taking me 40 minutes of very strenuous paddling to get back home.
Time stamp returning to base, note the flag blowing violently in the wind.
Trip Stats from the GPS