Last Thursday, I had a real adventure. My friend Ken, asked if I would like to go kayaking. Since I had never been kayaking and wanting to put another notch on my adventure belt, I quickly agreed. There were four in our party. Ken, Jim ( a tourist from Pennsylvania) and Rey, who I wrote about in a previous post.
We took two single person kayaks and one two-seater. As I said before, this was my first time and there were some lessons learned, that will better prepare me, if I do it again.
The first thing I should have known, but didn’t, was that you cannot go kayaking and not get wet. I knew that we were going to be in gentle waters and I just didn’t give it much thought. I knew that a kayak was a small shallow boat. With this type of boat, you are going to get wet. That is lesson one. Don’t have anything on you that can’t afford to be in water.
The second thing is that the riding position in a kayak is like forming a figure “L”. Therefore you should be prepared to ride for a long time with your back straight and your legs straight in front of you. Lesson two was that I should have been a little more limber.
The third thing is so obvious, that doesn’t need mentioning, but I didn’t properly prepare even though it is something I normally do well. That is, if you are going to be out in a boat for several hours, make sure you have adequately covered any exposed areas with sunscreen. The lesson I learned here is that means 100% of the exposed areas. I did well on my face, neck and arms, But I forgot my legs and having bare legs covered with salt water for 4 hours, did a job on me.
If you go kayaking, please remember these three things.
And so we were off. I had been told that there was a good possibility that we would get to see fair amount of wild life. There are crocodiles in them there waters, and I had my camera ready to capture them. I also knew on a previous outing they had come across howler monkeys and anteaters. I was ready. Plenty of camera memory and batteries.
We drove a short way past the Las Olas resort and back into a more raw area of the country. We came into a clearing and there was a small peer. Here are a few photos of the starting point.
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