Then it was over to the locks; which were a world away from the east coast.
An elephant seal patrolled the water (and dodged our cameras.) The fish ladders were filled with trophy sized salmon.
And the locks were filled with sailboats headed out for a breast cancer awareness regatta.
10AM and we were at the Paddle Club, ready to rent boats. The Paddle Club was ready to launch kayaks quickly. On Saturday they'd had lines an hour long waiting for service, and they didn't want to get behind. There was no discussion of which kayak to use: the man at the counter called over to the docks: "A Looksha and a 17, two spray skirts."
|A Paddle wheeler converted to a houseboat (sorry about the smudge)|
In the kayaks and on the water in just a few minutes. They did adjust the foot pegs for us, but no time was spent on other adjustments. Later at the Gas Works Park I'd stop and figure out how to adjust the backband to keep it from digging in.
|A variety of boats on Lake Union, another duck boat is in the picture and probably a few kayaks|
I'm not sure if the lack of instruction was also due to Mark carrying his own paddle, but as I watched other kayaks haphazardly bounce about the lake, I couldn't help but feel some guidance about sticking to the shore would be useful.
|Cool graffiti by Gas Works Park. Remnants of Coal Gasification equipment in the background|
|I like this houseboat because it has engines|
|Still more houseboats and a few geese. Note what a nice crossing they're doing; perpendicular to shore, tightly grouped|
|Taken from Agua Verde, this is a large group heading out, and some others headed in.|
It was a nice enough time, but I can't help but feel that it could have been better. Specifically I think the Northwest Outdoor Center might have been better. At the time I'd thought the Paddle Club was on Lake Union and Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Washington. I'm not sure why, other than in the week before we headed out a credit card was stolen, our bank account sold to a different bank, the lawn mower broke and, as a final straw, right before we went the iPad charger faded in a quick burst of light, so things became confusing.
Animals seen: Seagulls, Canada Geese, limpets, clams, elephant seal, salmon, crabs, barnacles, mussels (No sea stars...)
|A gratuitous photo from Chihuly Garden; including a boat or two|