Friday, August 28, 2015

Harmony with your kayak

Harmony with your kayak. Where do you find it?

My kayak has a message in the seat. Harmony. After five years of paddling this kayak that I love, I suddenly noticed it. I was just reaching down to swab out the water behind the flexible back bend. The message in the seat made me stop for a few moments and I wondered, why didn't I notice it before? Harmony in my seat. If it's a brand name. Good choice.

I always felt it when I got in. Harmony with this kayak. And, especially, harmony after I learned how to adjust the seat and foot pegs, harmony after I found a paddle or two that I liked to paddle with, harmony after I took some kayaking courses, harmony when I found some good paddle mates, and harmony when I keep exploring and learning.

If you don't feel harmony in your kayak, perhaps look deeper. Is it your kayak, the paddle, your technique, your attitude, gear that doesn't work or perform to your needs, your paddle knowledge, your fitness level and diet, the people you paddle with.

When you have harmony with your kayak, enjoy every moment.

Your kayak keeps teaching you. What a wonderful and patient teacher. Find one you love.

Happy paddle trails.
The BaffinPaddler

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunscreen your kayak

It's motivating to sunscreen your sea kayak before a trip, plastic or fibreglass. For me, it's the only way to get motivated, otherwise I keep putting it off. And I know on a trip, the kayak is going to spend a lot more time in the hot sun. But, it's important to do it properly. There are several different brands of product to sunscreen and protect your kayak. I used Aerospace 303.
The kayak also looks beautiful after a proper cleaning and treatment, sometimes even showroom ready. And, I feel better when I'm tripping knowing I've given it some sun protection. It also reminds me to bring my human sunscreen too.

Here's a link to my article on sunscreening your kayak and how to do it properly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Sunscreen your kayak! 303 Aerospace Protectant. Time to think about it

Happy paddles!
The BaffinPaddlr

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Accidental paddle art

There are lots of benefits to cleaning out the kayak gear bags before a little trip to cold water. You find stuff!

Some of it is necessary stuff. Some of it is stuff you forgot you had. You find out some of what you want and need is hidden somewhere else and you spend hours tracking it down. But finally, the mess is assembled and all the sand and grit is dumped back outside where it belongs.

Geez. Look at all this stuff! It's frightening? It's beautiful? It's all good stuff! Now to pare it down and bring as little as possible. And this is all the day tripping gear. The kayak camping gear (sleeping bags, lightweight 2-man tent, pots n' pans, etc.,) are another story and packed away in bins. My paddle partner laughed, "You have a lot of shit down there!" I guess he forgot half of it is his!
But what's this? A long lost clementine hiding in one of the gear bags. Perfectly desiccated and preserved and hard as a rock. It has a faint scent of orange flavoured chocolate.
Now, what to do with it? It has become paddle art. Another one of those unexpected things you find along the way. I wonder which trip you belong to?

Happy paddle trails. We're dusting off the sea kayaks and taking them further North to colder and bigger water than our little local lakes.

The BaffinPaddler

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The BaffinPaddler

It's St. Patrick's Day. Time to tip our hats goodbye to the ice fishing huts on Lac Deschenes (on the Ottawa River) in Canada's National Capital Region.

Today the wind gusts were a wicked 65 km/hr (40 mph) making it hard to hold on to this flimsy green hat from the Dollar Store!

The ice fishing huts are all off the lake now, well ahead of spring thaw.

Here's a last look at this winter's cozy temporary village on Lac Deschenes with its spattering of quirky little heated ice-fishing huts. 

How these small, transportable shelters can harbor heat and not melt a hole in the ice are a mystery to me.
Winter recreation on frozen lakes wouldn't be complete without the majestic views of the snow kiters flying by on windy days.
Lonely? Check out the views. The Aylmer Marina and the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa are your next door neighbors. It feels remote, but it's not.
Personality. Each hut has its own story. It's tempting to peek into the windows.
Today, the little temporary village is gone. And, we still have a long way to go for spring thaw!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, however you celebrate it. I'm part Irish, and I don't drink green beer.
The BaffinPaddler