Saturday, June 23, 2007

a new toy

I have a new toy!! I love getting new things. This spring I decided it would be great fun to have a kayak. I wanted a sit-on model, and we looked at some on-line and in sporting goods stores. Quite expensive. Mark wanted to be sure I would actually use a kayak if we bought one. He's happy with the canoe. So a friend gave us a long windsurfer board and a yak paddle and I've been playing around with that a little. It's really not the same as a kayak at all!

Today Mark and my dad went garage saleing and found a kayak rep who had a sit-on demo for sale. We picked up the yak, paddle (better than the freebie), and a life vest for less than half price of new. Everyone is happy! I took it out for awhile this afternoon - very fun! I love it. It has a yellow top that turns kind of lime green when it's in the water with the sun shining on it. Cool.

A plus, the rep's wife is a gardener and wanted some ideas on shade plantings. I gave her some ideas and told her to stop over sometime to see what I have. If she likes some of mine, I'll divide some up for her. A new gardening friend and a new yak in the same day - very cool.

My parents are staying with us for a couple weeks. They live in south Texas and come back to Minnesota and Iowa to visit all of us each summer. We're supposed to be sunny and 90's this next week - perfect lake weather! I'll keep you informed on my kayaking progress!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAREN!

13 comments:

Kitt said...

Oh fun! What a good deal. Cheap kayak and new friend.

Zoey said...

Very pretty kayak! It looks like you will be getting plenty of arm exercise this summer.

How nice to get a gardening buddy in the deal!

Karen said...

This looks like a lot of fun! Most of the kayaking around these parts involves rough water. Hope you find some smooth sailing; and yeah, great toning for the arms. Have fun!

Laurie & Chris said...

You can't beat a good deal and a new friend all in one day ! Have fun!!

violetlady said...

Ocean or bay kayaking is popular here. I would so like to try it in a lake, but I can't swim and I'm afraid it would be the end of me. You will have so much fun!!

kris said...

Thanks everybody! This kayak is really stable - I have to sit on the very edge to get it to tip over. I am having a little trouble getting my big butt back in - lol - so kind of hoping I don't tip it in the middle of the lake until I get better at that! I think it is going to be a great arm toner and a ton of fun.

Kate said...

What an exciting day! Good-looking kayak just in time for some hot beath weather.

It is always fun finding a new gardening friend and sharing info. I love that!

Trailhead said...

I LOVE kayaking! That looks like a sweet boat!

kris said...

Hi Kate - you're right - it was a bonus day!!

Trailhead - I am having SO much fun with it! Not ready for a heavy duty kayak trip yet - lol - but I think it's going to be a lot of fun around here.

meresy_g said...

Great kayak. I think you will have a great time. Are there any marshes or wetlands near where you live that you could boat to? They are awesome for wildlife watching. My kayaking is limited to two weeks in the summer when we go on vacation. How great that you can just scoot out your back door. have fun!

kris said...

Thanks meresy_g! We live on a huge lake that is made up of smaller lakes and bays and channels. Across from our house is a channel with reeds and cat tails in it. We've seen heron, turtles, etc - so I think it will be fun to head back in there. It should be a fun way to do some exploring.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh wow... a new kayak and a new gardening friend all in the same place? I never get so lucky at garage sales! Glad to see (in a later post) that you're enjoying your new toy. (And I adore the shade of that 'Raspberry Wine' monarda... wow!)

kris said...

Thanks blackswamp_girl - yeah, meeting a fellow gardener was definitely a fun part of the day! Raspberry Wine is beautiful - and the blooms seem to last longer than my other monarda do - another plus.