|Yaks in the Rain|
Hank hasn't been in a kayak yet, and we'd been itching to get him out. So off we went.
I found out a couple of things really quickly. First, as in most outdoor activities, you need more adults than you have small kids. In the case of kayaking, my wife was there to keep Hank under control in the truck while I carried the boats from the parking lot to the "ramp." It was just a few minutes, but you can't leave a child in a vehicle like that, and you certainly can't have them running around a parking lot, either.
Once the boats were in the water,
Funny thing also - even in a stable kayak, every time your passenger leans the upper half of their body over the water, the boat tips a little bit. Hank's head was on a swivel (looking for mermaids and sharks and dolphins), which made the boat super tippy. He was loving it! Unfortunately, the sky darkened, and at the opposite end of the lake, we suddenly saw the wall of rain approaching. You know, one of these walls of rain:
I pointed to the rain and Hank saw it coming, telling me, "it's not raining yet." Followed by, "Daddy, I'm wet." We huddled under a few lakeside trees, and when it was clear the storm wouldn't let up, paddled back to the put-in spot and loaded back up.
Some neat lessons - we'll see if we can get Take Two underway before the water gets cold!