I really, really need a Florida Friendly Activity. So yesterday, in an emergency procedure, I bought an inexpensive “recreational kayak.”
These are my feet, but they are not in my kayak. This photo is from my
pre-purchase rental trial day at Delnor-Wiggins State Park.
|Creepy mangrove trail. I'm not looking forward to my first alligator sighting.|
But I have a paddle, and I'm not afraid to use it.
Today I took her for her maiden circumnavigation around my parents’ neighborhood.
|Three miles and change, I think.|
I noticed a funny thing while paddling around this winding watery racetrack. When the going got tough (read: headwind), I unconsciously defaulted to the cornering lines I know best. So far, I corner significantly better on the Ducati than in the kayak.
Otters, herons, ospreys, ibis, anhingas, a duck with a dozen just-in-time-for-Easter ducklings... all sorts of things to see!
There were some notable comestibles as well. Plenty of coconuts lined the shore, which prompted me to add "hacksaw and/or hammer?" to my kayak adventure pack list. A few of them had the surprising habit of getting up, walking a few feet, and plopping into the water, at which time I reclassified them as turtles. And there are some ducks that for all the world look like Barbary ducks, origin of magret, that succulent like-filet-mignon-but-better red meat (yes, red!) duck breast capped with a golden crust of mouthwatering, crispy, fatty skin... oh my! I could not convince even one of those ducks on board.
But if I ever do, my kayak has little hatch in which to store my magret picnic lunch.
|As you can see, my kayak is a shade of orange only a KTM rider could love.|
I've no idea what species of waterfowl this specimen is. Is it time to invest in a waterproof bird book?
Next up, the 99 miles of Wilderness Waterway in Everglades National Park?
For all you Ducati people out there, I call her “The Des-NO*.” Get it? I crack myself up.
*For you non-Ducati people out there, Ducatis are known for their proprietary “desmodromic” aka “desmo” valve operating system. Get it now? Desmo? Des-NO? Yeah, I’m that clever.