I am now aquatic. I bought a kayak, and even though I’ve only had a chance to use it once, I’m really going to like this watercraft. This is a two part Friday Firesmith with more questions than answers, and as we float along, you’ll understand where we’re headed in this.
My kayak is the Weber 132, and as I will be doing a lot of solo paddling, it’s a little on the heavy side, but I got a great deal on it. All I want is a boat that is sturdy, stable, and had a place for a small cooler, which this one does on all counts. Part One! If you have a kayak, what kind and why do you love it? I have named her, “The Nerodia Express”
Nerodia, pronounced Ne-Ro-dia, not Nero-dia, like I pronounced it before I heard someone say it correctly, covers all the water snakes around this part of the world. Invariably, anyone who sees a snake in the water starts screaming, “MOCCASIN!” so I’ll be out in the swamps and lakes taking photos of trees, sunrises, and water snakes. And Cottonmouths, too, yes.
Which brings us to the question of cell phones with cameras. Part Two! What kind do you have, and it is worth what you paid for it? Waterproof, it has to be waterproof.
So while we’re talking watercraft, and cameras, my first few trips will be local lakes, and rivers, if there’s enough water. Banks Lake, in Lakeland Georgia, is going to be my first stop early next week, barring taking Mom to the doctor or something like that. The cypress trees reflecting in the water are beautiful. I hope to get in early enough so the fisher folk won’t make too much noise, and it will be warm enough for snakes to be sunning themselves. Then to Grassy Pond, a small lake in Lowndes County. Then off to one of the river landings for a short trip or two. After I get my fins under me, I will be hitting the Okefenokee Swamp. Several blue springs in Florida are close enough to be a good day trip, or overnight on a weekday.
After all that, who knows?
It would be nice to travel a bit, go to some different lakes around the states, and see the world a little. I’m open to suggestions as to place to paddle, and if you have one, sing it out!
I like being on the water. I like the way floating feels, and how the wind shifts me around ever so slightly. A turtle came up to investigate me on Sunday, my first trip in, and he seemed amazed at what he was seeing. I was.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit.
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