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New adventure: kayaking!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

We went camping last weekend, although this post is just about the kayaking we did there. We went down to Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, near Brownstown, Indiana. This is also near Jackson-Washington State Forest, where we got engaged.

We’ve tried canoeing before but not really kayaking, except for one thing in a tandem kayak we did in the Outer Banks of NC. Canoeing is something we’ve enjoyed, but oddly, it seems a bit limiting being in the same boat. So we figured we’d try two separate kayaks. We loved it! Much more independence as well as less frustration trying to steer the things. It also gives us a better opportunity to be together while paddling. This sounds counterintuitive, but in a canoe, you’re stuck several feet apart whereas in separate kayaks you can get right next to someone.

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With better maneuverability, we were also able to get closer to the shore and see more wildlife. Mostly, we saw a lot of turtles (I think we counted 7). If it had been early morning/late evening we would have seen more wildlife.

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But for me, kayaking is mostly about serenity. To pause, reflect, ponder. It’s wonderful.

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Here’s our route:

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