Kayaking - Moving From Canoes To Kayaks
Transitioning from canoeing to kayaking as an interest in water activities was not a gradual thing for us. Never really mastering the art of smooth canoe maneuvering down a river, my wife and I generally fought each other all the way. Not fighting or arguing between us as such though sometimes that came close, we simply never learned to coordinate our paddle strokes. Once we tried individual kayaks we were hooked. We had only kayaked once. The one time was enough for both of us to know what we liked and if I am allowed to say so, we took to the boats quite naturally and by the time we finished that one run we felt like seasoned paddlers.
A few years passed since we experienced that run but we had never forgotten the fun and the desire to become active participants in the sport never waned. We simply had been preoccupied with other activities for one thing. Additionally, up until recently we really did not know where or how to enjoy the sport. You need a place to paddle. You need enough variety of location to justify the expense that is if the intent is to own your own boat rather than simply rent on occasion and around the DFW area we simply did not see that much opportunity. Wow, were we ever wrong! Either we were simply blind to the opportunities or they grew up around us without our realizing it. Perhaps its a bit of both as the popularity of kayaking has taken off, the places to enjoy the sport have as if by magic, appeared. Now we know that is not the case but they are there for the enjoyment.
Our first kayaking experience was on a river in South East Oklahoma
We bought our first kayaks and like the ones shown above, we opted for the "sit on top" style. There is no inherent advantage over all between the sit on top and the enclosed style. That is the type you actually sit down inside. Though each style has its on pros and cons, the choice of which works best for the individual is a personal one. We chose kayaks which are in the 10 foot length size range as a good balance between weight, size, maneuverability and ease of handling. The 10 foot length of ours allows us to easily put them in the back of our pickup truck for a quick trip to the lake or nearby waterway and by using roof rack mounted racks carry them on top of our Ford Explorer for longer trips.
Since we have had them, we've not yet had the chance to take them out as much as we would like to. Time restraints have been the biggest limiters so far but we hope to overcome that in the near future and get them out more. We have paddled on a lake not far from us as well as the Trinity River in Ft.. Worth.
The two pictures above were shot on a paddle outing on Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas.
On the Trinity River in Ft. Worth, Texas with our son and our grandkids. Their first time to paddle. They rented kayaks for the trip.
In 2012 while on an Eastern Caribbean cruise, we were privileged to enjoy two shore excursions which involved kayaking. In both cases the kayaks were tandem (two people) and though we're more used to the single person kayak which provides more freedom of movement and control, the paddle times were still very enjoyable.
Perception Pescador 12.0 Kayak - 2015
Kayaks Part One - The New Kayaks - We purchased our own kayaks
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