New Adventures

25 Jun

Two weeks ago after a few years of consideration Dawn and I became the new owners of kayaks. My mom bought some a while back which we have been using for a good while but all along we’ve talked about getting our own one day. Glad that day has come. They have only been in the water twice so far but both trips were fabulous. 

Our maiden voyage was a sunset cruise on Bennett’s Creek, an area just over the line in Suffolk and about ten minutes from our house. I was a bit cautious about caring the kayaks on top of the car so having a closer destination made it easier. We put in at a park just past my favorite library where they have a boat launch and everything. We took the longer section of the waterway which leads eventually to where the James River comes in not far from where Dawn used to work at Northrop Grumman. We didn’t make it as far as that but will one day. Great ride, perfect temperature. Lazy little creek that runs through some beautiful parts of Suffolk. Enjoyed seeing the houses from the water and also seeing plenty of fish jump. This spot we will return to often. 

Our second trip was a bit more of an adventure. While cooking breakfast Dawn found a place called Back Bay online that she wanted to check out. Then during breakfast, my mom called to recommend the same place! That was too much for us so we packed a lunch and headed out. It was about an hour drive from our house, just south of Sandbridge, though Dawn says it took so long because I was driving too slowly.

Well worth the drive. Back Bay is a huge wildlife preserve, mainly on water, nestled between a small strip of land bordering the main ocean and the larger land mass that makes up the mainland. Think of the Sound down at Nags Head and then just extend it northward. Very quite, we paddled out for about an hour and a half and the water never went above four feet! Needless to say there was no boat traffic which made of a great experience. And the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches eaten on the water were just perfect. 

More adventures await! My dad is coming down this Friday, probably going to take him to Bennett’s Creek. Then we’re going to my mom’s this weekend with some friends which I plan to test what I read about how you can stand up in our kayaks…

This is just a stock photo but we bought two of these suckers, Wilderness Systems 140 Tarpons. One in yellow and one in mango. 

The boat

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5 Responses to “New Adventures”

  1. Steve June 26, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    That is awesome. My former co-clerk, Matt, and his wife, Anne, go kayaking down at Back Bay all the time. He claims there is an awesome disc golf course down there, too.

  2. Shane June 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    One day soon you’re going to be the former co-clerk people talk about from that office. And then you’ll have six weeks off…

    Seemed like the place was huge, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a Walmart too.

  3. jondouthit June 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    I’ve heard of the disc golf course too. hmm…

    Actually, when Dave, Jason, Eric and I went backpacking in the spring of 06, we backpacked through Back Bay to get to False Cape. You should check that place out to.

    No Wal-Mart to my knowledge.

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