A recent Sunday morning kayak trip reminded me of why this is such a special sport for me.
As I launched from the West Point boat launch, a couple fishing boats headed towards the Bay, I headed up river to the quieter marshes. One of the things I enjoy so much about kayaking is that you are so close to the water, you feel closer to nature. It is also such an easy sport once you get the strokes down.
On this trip I got to see two mature bald eagles, several osprey, great blue herons along the marsh and numerous waterfowl, some of which I silently coasted to within feet of before they took flight.
Kayaking is a special experience at Virginia State Parks
As an American Canoe Association Instructor, in the coming weeks I will be conducting both canoe and kayak trainings at York River, Westmoreland and Bear Creek Lake State Parks, along with Northwest River Park in Chesapeake. I will even be taking a new certification course with several of my fellow instructors for Adaptive Paddling so we can expend our offerings at Virginia State Parks.
It was a great morning and the 4 miles was a start to working up my endurance to the 12 miles I will need to do for the New River Trail Challenge triathlon on September 15th.