more kayaking

2013-09-16 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON -- Noriko and I kayaked 14 days for a total distance of over 220 km so far this summer. On our latest trip, we put in our kayak at the small town of Waldport, Oregon. From the boat launch near the mouth of the Alsea river, we went up-river for 11 km, where Noriko found a floating restaurant. She had pulled pork and I had a french dip sandwich. A gentleman from Medford, Oregon kindly took our picture.



2013-09-02 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON -- Noriko and I have been kayaking. The rivers along the part of our Oregon coast are mostly tidal, that is, their water flows are affected more by tides than by river current. We are learning how to use tidal tables and tidal current tables. The latter are more important because the velocity and direction of the water flow affects us more than the height of the water.

Here are pictures of (a) the Yaquina River between the Cannon Quarry and Elk City boat launches near Toledo, Oregon, (b) the Willamette River south of the Wallace Marine Park boat launch in Salem, Oregon, and (c) a salamander at Olalla Lake near Toledo, Oregon.



2012-09-20 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON -- Noriko and I kayaked along the Siletz River from the boat launch at Ichwhit Park.

This will probably be the last kayaking trip of the season. The summer ended too soon but it was just as well because the kayak’s reclining pedaling position (similar to recumbent bicycles) is not kind to our backs. We need some stretching and strengthening exercises!

Here are some pictures with captions.

We loaded up the KeroTruck with our tandem kayak. The 14.5-foot (4.2 meter) kayak doesn’t look too large on the ladder rack. We’re getting accustomed to loading and unloading.

Our kayak has pedals that propel our vessel at various speeds: 2 knots (3.6 km per hour) at two-thirds speed (only me pedaling at leisurely speed), 3 knots (5.4 km per hour) at standard speed (only me pedaling at brisk, sustainable speed), and 4 knots (7.2 km per hour) at full speed (only me pedaling aggressively, akin to a good running workout). When Noriko pedals, we go faster. We don’t know yet what our flank speed is.

The water was calm. This is what floatplane pilots call “glassy” water.

Summer is giving way to autumn along the river bank.

Some people live along the river. Those who do all have a boat or two.

One person living in an RV hung a frog wind ornament from his awning.

We saw 3 otters. Next time we’ll take pictures using a telephoto setting and higher resolution.

We loaded up the kayak on the truck and drove 12 miles (20 km) back home.

kayaking with a friend

2012-08-25 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON -- Mark, an old friend, drove up from California to stay with us for a few days. We launched our brand-new kayak in Devil’s Lake. He swam across. Noriko and I paddled and pedaled. Our kayak is propelled by both arms and legs.