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Kayaks on Jordan Lake

September 6, 2015

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If you are looking for an adventure this weekend, do yourself a favor and rent a kayak. Not a jet ski, not a canoe, a kayak. Kayaks have long been my boat of choice. (It has to be a SINGLE kayak, though. None of this double business. I am a control freak and I need TOTAL STEERING CONTROL of my little vehicle.) They give such a calm and peaceful experience (unless you’re the white water type), all the while giving you a killer arm workout. I also love how close they allow you to be to the water to trail a hand, dip a toe, and look for water creatures.

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My sister babysat a few weekends ago so that John and I could celebrate our anniversary and remember that we do, in fact, still have hobbies, even after having a baby. We packed a yummy picnic stocked with Trader Joe’s goodies and drove to Jordan Lake, a quick 20 minutes from our home. Jordan Lake is a huge lake–almost 14,000 acres lined with a number of beaches amidst the evergreen trees. It’s a long narrow lake with all sorts of twists and turns and inlets–a kayaker’s dream, really. We rented kayaks from Crosswinds Boating. They also rent pontoons, houseboats, and more for those with non-kayaking interests.

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I like to kayak lazily to really take in my surroundings and absorb the beauty, the sunshine, and the water. John spends just about the whole time looking for fish and says things like, “Oh man, I wish I had my fishing pole right now!” But we both love being on the water.

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We paddled for a while, then found a quiet little patch of sand to stop for our picnic before our cupcakes melted. Trader Joes, you know how to deliver. We had their pre-prepared salads, curried chicken salad and crackers, raspberries, and peanut butter chocolate cupcakes. So good, and for once we were able to eat in peace without little hands grabbing for our food.

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And because it was quiet and there were not many speedboats out, we decided to take a dip in the middle of the lake. The warm sun on our heads, the cool water from the deep-it was a summer moment at its finest. I didn’t want it to end, but the clock was ticking on our kayak rental, and after a few hours away, we were missing our little B. There’s nothing like coming home after some time away and watching her face light up as we walk in the door.

Jordan Lake, we’ll be back again, maybe this time with a baby in tow.

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