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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kayak + Lake = Madison Summer

Madison is on an isthmus, between two lakes. Here, when we hear the word rutabaga, we don’t think tuber. We think paddlesports. As in Rutabaga-The Paddlesport Shop. After spending the morning online, lusting after many and varied kayaks, I hopped in the car and made my way to Rutabaga to look at the real deal.

I’m seeking solitude on the lakes. Seeing my world from a different perspective. I’m looking for a beginner kayak. Steady. Not too heavy. My intent isn’t to drive it anywhere on top of the car. It’s to get a little two-wheeled kayak cart and pull it to the lake which is just a block away. No whitewater. No ocean. Just paddling ‘round the shoreline and in the river.

I look at kayaks with stormy names like Hurricane and Tsunami. I look at seats. One with a rudder. Blue, red, green. Ten footers. Twelve footers. Hatches, bulkheads, footrests. Paddles. I take in information. Although I feel like diving in and buying, in 3 weeks when the ice is gone, I’ll be able to test paddle. And I decide to wait.

13 Comments:

Blogger meno said...

I have a very very cool kayak made by Hobie Cat that uses pedals and/or a paddle. It can be wheeled too. Check it out. Come visit, we can go for a ride. :)

10:10 PM  
Blogger jen said...

i had a baby beginner kayak once when i lived on a bay.

i loved it very much, that bay, and that baby kayak both. I'd take a book, bottle of wine, and a blanket and find a quiet spot.
(and apparently everything started w/ the letter B)

10:21 PM  
Blogger QT said...

Exciting stuff - I think it is going to worth it wait for the test paddle, truly. It's not that long.

10:35 PM  
Blogger gr said...

kayaks are more fun than canoes, I think

5:08 AM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

Kayaks are different from canoes. I tend to look at canoes like a mini-van: It gets you where you need to go and can carries stuff (and people) for you as well. A kayak is a sports car. Vroom. :-)

8:37 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Three weeks that can't come soon enough, I am sure? :-)

10:06 AM  
Blogger Stephen Newton said...

Kayaking is one of my favorite past times. Back in Florida, we had a great kayak made by Dagger. It was designed without a rudder, but if you're looking for a one-person kayak, you may need one. Kayaks are really comfortable and very stable...much more so than a canoe. They're so quiet and sublime.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

I can't say the word "isthmus" Like I can't say the word "rural"...my tongue gets tied in knots....

1:41 PM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Oh, how I adore Madison...

1:54 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

There's something amazing about sitting in a kayak in the middle of a lake, alone to your thoughts, without a thing to disturb you.

3:21 PM  
Blogger ThomasLB said...

I prefer canoes. Somehow they're just more relaxing.

Of course, what I'd really like is to float down the Mississippi on a big 'ol raft, like Huck Finn.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

But it doesn't bother you that there is a mere skin between your bottom and lurking things in dark murky waters?

Just my phobias talking...

It actually sounds most delightful.

6:58 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Oh my god, I just love love love the way you describe things. I truly feel like I am right there with you.

6:08 PM  

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