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Kayaking about

Posted by joeabbott on August 28, 2011

P8280010P8280016It’s about time for my yearly hike with my old Boeing chums and it was my turn to plan the hike. I tossed a couple ideas out to my pal Tim and he bit on the most unusual: a kayaking outing in the San Juan islands.

The only problem being, most of us haven’t kayaked much at all!

While I’ve kayaked a bit, I’ve never written about a trip in this blog, meaning it’s been nearly 5 years since my last outing! But, the plan is afoot and, as a testing of the waters (so to speak), I arranged a short two-hour kayaking outing with the crew. While our buddy Dan wasn’t able to make it, Ron substituted his wife Janet and Suzy joined me; they more than made up for Dan’s absence.

P8280002We met at Agua Verde at 10AM and spent a short time waiting in line before we were fitted out in kayak “skirts”, life jackets, and shown to our boats. From there we paddled out into Lake Union, through the Mountlake Cut, and into Lake Washington for two hours of beautiful weather on the water. We ended up resting a bit outside the arboretum amid lily pads, ducks, and quiet trees. Oh, and lots of other watercraft.

There were entire flotillas of canoes from a nearby rental shop and one poor couple in a paddle boat; I say “poor couple” as Tim summed it up saying, “they were working like mad and I just sailed past them effortlessly!” Such is the joy of kayaking: smooth, silent, and speedy fast.

That’s not to say we didn’t have a few moments of excitement as we battled waves in the Cut and negotiated the big boats on the lake, but overall it was a very pleasant two hours.

Afterwards we wandered into the Northlake Tavern for a bit of their “combo pie”: a monster pizza that is loaded with mushrooms, pepperoni, olives, and sausage. It was delish!

If you get a chance to enjoy such an outing, both the kayaking and the pizza, I highly recommend it.

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