Have you heard of Hobie Kayaks? I hadn’t until yesterday. And now I am wondering how they have escaped my notice so long. Okay, so it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m a city-dweller and where on earth would I take a kayak? The Gowanus Canal? Ha! Anyway, we visited with one of my best friends the past two days and she and her husband have this super-rad inflatable kayak that is wide and sturdy and has pedals and paddles and is really quite an amazing piece of engineering. She took us to a little lake not too far from their place and we all gave it a go.
She took it out with her 2-year-old first. Just her and the two-year-old. Nobody fell in. Nothing tipped. No one got lost or ended up in the bushes. Then we took it out. Me, Micah and the menchildren. Again, nobody fell in, nothing tipped, we got in, pedaled, then paddled, then pedaled some more. Manchild 2 fell asleep while Manchild 1 stealthily ate most of his cheerios. (If Manchild 2 had known what was going on, we probably would have had some tears shed and maybe some hair pulled — Manchild 2 is at that age — but I’m pretty sure the boat would not have been affected in the least by their antics.) And then we took it out again with the camera, just because we needed something to remember it by. Who knows how long it will be before we are able to 1. purchase such a thing or 2. live in a place where such a thing would come in handy more than once or twice a year? So all we have are the pictures to help us remember that this is a really good idea.
It also would have been a really good idea to put some sunscreen on those legs you see up there. They look pretty white and reflective in the picture, but rest assured they have developed a nice red coloring in the past several hours. At least I remembered to slather the menchildren up with the sunscreen. Live and learn. Which is what I say every summer when I get burned. I would say that it probably won’t be so bad in the morning, except that I’m pretty sure my whole body is going to be sore from that pedaling and paddling. Those pedaling and paddling muscles aren’t necessarily the ones I use to run all over the place. It’ll hurt so good, I’m sure.