A couple of years back, we were driving down the road and spotted this old kayak with a “free” sign on it. So of course, because we simply don’t have enough hard-to-store gear lying around our house, we grabbed it. Since then, it has sat in front of the shop, alongside the crab pots, buoys, boat gear, rope coils, basketball hoop, assorted five-gallon buckets and other important stuff, adding to the Sanford & Sons decor of our property.
Now, as both kids have gained increasing interest and skills through paddling camps, the kayak lives again. We hauled it out from behind all the other gear, and Skyla and Weston spent a few hours scrubbing out the accumulated dirt, leaves and spiders. It cleaned up beautifully.
Meanwhile, I had to make a few modifications to the old ski racks in order to haul it. Nothing a hacksaw and a couple of ratcheting straps (Love ratcheting straps!) couldn’t handle.
Finally, we had it all together and hauled the old boat down to the beach under beautiful evening light made especially warm-toned by smoke from Eastern Washington. Skyla wasted no time in putting it through its paces and declared it “awesome.” She then gave Weston a quick lesson and he was zooming around the nearshore waters. Skyla was right: It is awesome. Huge thanks to the anonymous kayak donor!