So the camping gear has mostly all come out of the van, kitchen items gone through the dishwasher and been repacked into their respective plastic totes. Our friends Jess and Steven has borrowed our larger tent for a camping trip over the weekend and we are left trying to figure out the easiest way to organize the remaining items so we can find them when our next camping trip calls. We think our next trip may be a kayak based trip over to Hope Island, we would love to do it this summer, but we will have to see how things pan out on that front.
My dream would be to create a storage bin that fits in the back of the van on a roller system as when the back door is up there are two small cupboards on the left and right and then a large rectangular opening that is a T shape, but getting anything into the top of the T, behind the cupboards is pretty hard. So a roller system that would pull out into a large rectangle with a drop down leg so you could pull it out, pack it, push it in, then when you are the camp, pull it out and unpack it, plus then not have to worry about things getting caught in the guides for the seat (that turns into a bed) which is the problem we had before when we had our sleeping bags stored in the top of the T. If we also had certain things packed into bins (like our camp kitchen) that fit easily into the pull out system it would make packing the van for a camping trip so much easier. Now to do some measuring and see how it could easily, inexpensively, and strongly manufactured. If it was easier to do we might actually do it more often as well, at the moment it is a bit of a chore to pack things up for camping.
Yesterday Nathan and I decided we needed to get out and go kayaking so we took the kayak down to Capitol Lake. We put in at Marathon Park, which has a dock so we didn’t have to put our feet in the icky water, it is gross this time of year. We paddled up the lake towards Tumwater Falls, we saw lots of bird life, some seals (they must have gone up the fish ladder), and fish, it was an easy paddle and it felt great to be in the kayak again with our new custom seats, it was much more comfortable than sitting in the bottom of the boat!
We probably could have gotten closer to the falls, but we didn’t move that way soon enough and the current from the falls was pushing us too quickly but that is ok, we could still see them, and it was nice and cool in the shade of the trees. The old, old Brewery is such a great building to study and look at, it definitely needs a lot of work, but you can still see a lot of the architectural details they put into it so long ago, and it would be a fantastic anything, if someone would just do something with it. We were trying to figure out how one would get there via land because we know there must be a road of some sort, but we couldn’t see one at all, and for us sitting in the kayak it looks like the easiest way to get there is by water. I didn’t take the camera so no photos this time, but I think we will take that paddle again so next time I will have some photos to share.
I know this all used to be marsh and wetlands and you can still see plenty of that evidence, especially upstream from the lake, but it is too bad that more can’t be done with the lake, if it was like Greenlake in Seattle with a swimming area, more boats, and more activity I think more people would appreciate it. We enjoyed our paddle, and even though the water is really quite disgusting in some parts (like when we had to back up to go around the algae because we were pushing it instead of going through it), it is such a beautiful spot. In most of the area the trees come right down to the waterline, and the contrast between the green trees, the water (which sometimes looked blue, but in several places was quite green) the Capitol dome rising out of the treeline, and the wildlife was just stunning. Today we are going to go try our our new single kayak we picked up a few days ago! Stay tuned.
We went kayaking again today and even took Syd with us this time. She wasn’t so sure about it, but did pretty well. I think the most annoying thing for her was that she couldn’t reach over the side of the kayak to drink the water, which is great for us because salt water sure does a number on her digestive system! We paddled from Northpoint just around the harbor, to the bridge and fish ladder to see if there were any fish running yet. We saw lots of little tiny fish, but no salmon.
Seals however were everywhere and very curious! There were a couple of times they swam under us and would pop up next to us within paddle reach, but every time they did Sydney was looking the other direction, I don’t think she ever saw them. In retrospect that was probably a good thing because if she tried to jump out to chase them she probably would have capsized us all! Good thing she doesn’t like water, or she might have a couple of times, but when she would shift and the boat would rock she would just hunker down in the hatch. She fit pretty well back there, even with her puppy PFD on. We didn’t get any pictures of her, it was a bit tough because she was behind us, but someone did come out of one of the buildings downtown to take a photo of us!
As always we got lots of compliments on Nesi’ka, she is a beautiful boat, and if our PFDs were just an inch or two longer it would be even more comfortable to paddle without seats. Can’t wait to get those seats!
So this is the photo I took of the view from the 5th Avenue bridge. As you can see the water again was smooth and since it was slightly overcast it was a nice and cool day to paddle!