Make Sure The Kayaks Don’t Have Water In Them

Jane Hanging On To Her Kayak And Sharon's

Guest post by Jane Lurie.

I really love kayaking. It’s the thing I most look forward to  doing when  we come here to Loreto. And those Tropic 9.0 kayaks…they are so stable. I feel like I’m on a ride in Disneyland…so I was surprised one day after we were out on the water with our friends Marsha and Chuck, to find myself wobbling side to side in my kayak. This wobbling was so out of the range of what I had previously experienced that I could not come up with an explanation for it. At first I thought  “maybe there is a giant manta ray under me and I am riding it with my kayak…or a small whale.”

We were in the estuary. I had every one go ahead while I figured out what to do. The wobbling got worse and I thought I’d better rejoin the group, in case I needed help. When they were in sight I yelled to Sharon and then immediately I tipped and was in the water. Now, as a sting ray sting survivor, I am not so happy in shallow water where my feet can touch the natural habitat of the sting rays. So I performed gymnastic moves I never would have guessed I could do to keep my feet off the ground. Meanwhile  everyone was laughing so hard that Chuck could barely manage to get these photos of the event. Sharon paddled up. I grabbed onto the back of her kayak and held on to the front of mine. She paddled and I kicked and we made our way to shore.

Jane Hanging On To Her Kayak And Sharon's
Jane Hanging On To Her Kayak And Sharon's

Then we tipped the kayak on end and watched for 20 minutes as the water poured out of it. The stopper had come out and my kayak had been filling with water within the plastic shell since we left shore. I was drenched but that’s not a bad thing in this weather. And I knew I had another great story to tell.

Waiting As Water Pours Out Of The Kayak
Waiting As Water Pours Out Of The Kayak
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  • joseph/natalie

    Thank you for the tip, we will make sure that does not happen to us as we will be kayaking next week.

  • joseph/natalie

    Thank you for the tip, we will make sure that does not happen to us as we will be kayaking next week.

  • joseph/natalie

    Thank you for the tip, we will make sure that does not happen to us as we will be kayaking next week.

  • Marsha Jackson

    I was reviewing some of the posts..Ran across this and reminded me of how hard I laughed..This was a great day even if Jane did get wet….Thanks for the memories…Marsha

  • Marsha Jackson

    I was reviewing some of the posts..Ran across this and reminded me of how hard I laughed..This was a great day even if Jane did get wet….Thanks for the memories…Marsha

  • Marsha Jackson

    I was reviewing some of the posts..Ran across this and reminded me of how hard I laughed..This was a great day even if Jane did get wet….Thanks for the memories…Marsha