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Yesterday, I was given a very brief lesson on how to get in and out of the kayak, but today was my first actual attempt. I am proud to say that other than the brief questioning of my sanity noted above, I managed both successfully.
I have canoed solo before, and used a rowboat, but the kayak was a new experience for me. At first I seemed to go mostly to the right and then suddenly was going too far left. It took a few minutes of paddling before I got the hang of it. I was sailing along at what I felt was a rather admirable pace when a young man, yes half my age at most, came cruising right on past me.
I stopped paddling to watch him figuring I'd learn something and I did notice that he was handling the paddle differently. I attempted to mimic his form and while I can't say I went much faster, the paddling was definitely easier. And I had fewer issues with weaving side to side.
I was about 15 minutes or so into my paddle when I heard the wooofhhh woooofhhh of bird wings. I looked up and had the pleasure of watching an eagle fly about 15 feet above my head and the off into the trees. I was also treated to the sight and sounds of a pair of loons. And on my return to the camp a large turtle swam slowly past me.
I'm willing to call the first full day of my vacation a success.