Tuesday, April 24, 2012

On a recent paddling trip to southern climes, I was again reminded of how birds can make our paddling outings more varied and interesting, just by their very presence. In the above shot, an Osprey enjoys a recently caught fish all the while keep an eye on me as I paddle past.
This Brown Pelican seemed to have other things on its mind than me paddling by. Was it an itch, a parasite, or just a feather or two out of place?
While taking a little break from paddling I came across this Great Blue heron strolling along in the surf looking for something to eat. The bird was totally unconcerned that people were sharing its beach. Instead, it gamely walked along, pausing now and then when a food item could be seen rolling in the surf.
So, watch the birds as you paddle. They have lots to say!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Changing Times

While on a trip to Florida recently, I happened to put-in at a outfitter who sold Hobie Cat boats. One was a kayak called a Revolution 11. What attracted my attention was the interesting combination of propulsion options available using this craft. It could be paddled, sailed and peddled!

I took a demo ride and was instantly hooked. Since bringing it home I been able to paddle, peddle and sail this fun little kayak. I love it!

That said, I won't be selling any of my other kayaks anytime soon. They are still my true loves, but times are a'changing and I'm happy to see where they take me...

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