« on: May 25, 2013, 11:29:22 PM »
The weather has been pretty crappy all week and well, the rain stopped for a little bit today and it was warm, so I decided to say screw it, I'm going kayaking.
As I loaded up the boat I started to notice a slight problem- the wind was picking up. By the time I got to the canal and unloaded my boat it had picked up a bit more- so much in fact that the Deep Cut section of the canal which is almost always perfectly calm had ripples on it.
Once I got to the end of the canal and it opened into Lake Charles I could feel the wind getting pretty intense, and as I got out onto the lake I could really feel it. I still didn't realize how bad it was until I looked down and realized I'd been surfing on the waves kicked up by the wind.
I got about a quarter of the way out onto the lake and decided that I'd better start heading back while I still could. As I turned around I noticed whitecaps starting to form and I was glad that I had the sense to turn around when I did. Many times I have made great time out on this lake only to find out it's a major struggle to get back. This was no exception, and paddling as hard as I could into the wind meant that I was barely making headway back.
All told I was out for just over half an hour and covered a little less than 2 miles.
It was a bit disappointing, but it's the longest trip I've been able to make this year, so I'm glad I got out at all.