Saturday, October 13, 2018

Success On Many Fronts

Today we had the maiden voyages of the His & Hers kayaks.

Since we are running out of warm weather, we thought today being about 85 degrees would probably be our last chance to have my wife try hers out before it started getting chilly.

A couple things to note about our "sit-on" kayaks. One they are 10' long and 31" wide. I mention this because if you'll recall the "Yuki" incident so many years ago, the kayak he was in was only 28" wide. These are much more stable and my wife felt safer in a wider one. One would ask how a mere couple inches would make a difference, but it definitely makes a much more stable kayak.

Second and more of a problem is that "sit-on" kayaks have scupper holes. If you're not familiar, they are designed to let water drain while you're out paddling around. The ones we rented a while back had scupper holes and the water came in as fast as it drained. Your butt end gets exceedingly wet as the water sloshes in and out. Ergo (I love that word) I purchased, via Amazon Prime, scupper plugs. They work like a dream AND if you get a little water in the bottom, pull up a plug, let it drain, plug it back up. With the exception  of water shoes getting wet while getting in and out we were completely dry.

We launched at the Day Use Area of North Shore Camanche. There are about a dozen places with sandy beaches and we could just pull up to the side of the lake and slip the kayaks out of the truck. Plus if we weren't exactly full of finesse, no one would see us.

We paddled out as far as the island, and I'm guessing maybe somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 mile. From there my truck looked like a Hot Wheels truck. Paddled around a while, checked if a couple guys fishing caught anything (no) and paddled back, then around and back and forth just getting the feel of the kayaks.

After an hour and a half, with sore shoulders and a couple blisters on my hands we called it a day.

Note to self: get some paddling gloves. 

My wife is now a believer.

It is the perfect way to get out on the lake with my hip problem and didn't create any after effects.

Orthopedic Surgeon appointment Tuesday. Maybe he can find out what's wrong with my hip and leg.

I will be fishing again shortly.

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weather Guessers Strike Again

Got up this morning, leg was not hurting, hip was not hurting, didn't need the cane. Next step was to check the weather since it rained most of yesterday.

Weather Guessers said intermittent showers and by definition: "Stopping for a time and then beginning again". OK, I can live with that. 

Check the DFW planting schedule. Last place planted was Upper and Lower Blue Lakes last week. Target >>>>> Upper Blue Lake. 

Loaded the truck and apparently it's been a while since I went because first I forgot the chair, then my warmer hoodie, then water and granola bars, but remembered all before I left. 

Wife left for work at 8:15 and I followed her out just as it started sprinkling. No problem, intermittent showers, remember.

The further up the hill I went, the harder it rained. By the time I got to Pine Grove (just 8 miles up the road) it was full on wiper blades. 

Between Pine Grove and the beginning of Pioneer (a scant 4 miles) it was raining so hard the gutters were full and water was running across the highway. Doesn't strike me as "intermittent showers". How about you?

Lastly let me explain a little about Highway 88 between Jackson and Carson Pass. A VERY dangerous road. We have at least one accident each week. The last one was a cattle truck last week that took a turn too fast and the highway was closed for the entire day so they could remove all the dead cows. Sad for the cows, scary for driving. 

That said, I wanted nothing to do with driving up there with the conditions as they were, so I turned around at Pioneer and came home. 

Maybe another day.   .