Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kayaking: Outdoors for the Non-Outdoorsy

Aaron's birthday was this past weekend. His birthday is July 2 and is almost always the same weekend as July 4th parties. We're inevitably having to schedule his birthday gatherings around cookouts, but he could honestly care less.  Probably because he always manages to have awesome birthdays.  As a kid, he had what they called "Aaron Fests" and had huge, ridiculous parties. Even as an adult we've pulled off some awesome parties. But this year was pretty cool. This year he got a party...and a kayak.

Let me begin this by saying that I jokingly, yet mostly not, tell people that God did not make Sarah for nature. And it's true. I don't camp. I don't like bugs. I'm not a huge fan of being covered in dirt or sand. And I hate, hate, hate wet grass. High maintenance, I know. But kayaking is one of those outdoorsy activities that even I can get behind.  Consider these facts: 
  1. You're not actually in the water. You're in a boat the whole time, so no creatures touching you. 
  2. It's not a lot of work. You're just paddling. At least on calm lakes and rivers like we normally do. 
  3. If you get tired, you just chill. 
  4. There are tons of places to rent kayaks in the Triangle area.  We've been going to Lake Wheeler, near my in-laws, but Lake Mitchie in Durham also has them. So you can still get involved with kayaking without having to spend a lot of money.
Given those things, even I can do kayaking.

We've gone kayaking with Aaron's family twice now. We have friends that have kayaks and Aaron's been wanting one for a while. It was actually my dad's idea to get Aaron a kayak for his birthday, but we got the whole family (even some friends) involved in this gift. It was a production. I ordered the kayak and paddle online, shipped the paddle to his friend's house and that same friend picked up the kayak in the store. He kept it at his house for two weeks for me.  He and Aaron also work out almost every day together, so I'm surprised one of us didn't tell him. Then we surprised him at Lake Wheeler with his very own kayak. 

So, if you decide to trek into the kayak world, or if you are thinking of treking into the kayak world, here's some numbers for you. The kayak I chose at Dick's Sporting Goods. It's a Pelican Maverick and had the sit-in seat that Aaron wanted and a place to put his stuff (but not water proof). It's a 10 foot kayak, nothing special.  I got it on sale for $290. The paddle was $40 and I got his life vest at Wal-mart for $9. So about $350 with tax.  

Then you need somewhere to store it.  They aren't small items! We found this pulley system at Dick's Sporting Goods for $30.  It holds the kayak from the ceiling.  Aaron and his friend Josh installed it on the 4th.  

There are also cheaper options available. I would definitely recommend renting kayaks before buying them.  If you live in the Triangle, here are some places you can rent them:
There are probably others, but these should get you started.  So if you're looking for a reason to get outside and enjoy nature without being too into nature, try kayaking.  If I enjoy it, you will too!


1 comment:

  1. I didn't even realize there were so many kayaking places nearby! I also really like Stand Up Paddle boarding, but maybe that's more outdoorsy than kayaking? Kayaking can be such a great and relaxing outdoor activity - especially on calm water!