Wednesday’s schedule had a minor change. The class that I normally teach, the academically unofficial class of my three former, real adult Oakton Community students, has come to a temporary close as we have actually managed to finish a book, “Le Petit Prince.” Since one of our triumvirate of students is out of the country for a bit, we have decided to have a two week hiatus.
That being said, the fact that I had the afternoon totally free allowed Mike and me to go to the Skokie Lagoons for some ‘yakking,’ as some have called it. Note the heavy duckweed; it was kind of surreal gliding through it.
I came home around 1:30; we had a pizza lunch, and then started preparing the car for our foray into Winnetka.
Despite my sports’ app saying it was an 1 hour and 11 minute journey, it was, in fact closer to two hours, I am not sure what really went wrong with the time thing. It did seem accurate in its report that I traveled about 3.7 miles, however.
The weather was sunny, pretty cool, and at first there were few kayakers. For the most part, kayaks are the nautical vehicles of choice there, perhaps the kayak rental having something to do with that.
Mike went to go fishing, came up fish-less in the end, but it was worth the try. I enjoyed trying out the Eddyline kayak for a better than fifteen minute, Loch Ness like try that was had at Devil’s Lake. It did well. It is a sit-on kayak so that slows it down a bit in the water and makes it a bit harder to keep it going in a straight line but the rudder it has makes all the difference in the keeping it on track, or ‘tracking’ as they call it. We also bought the Eddyline as a fourteen footer since that would aid the tracking, the Pungo, sit in kayak, is a twelve footer (which they also told me would aid tracking, those extra few feet). I was originally considering a shorter kayak, for ease of transport, but changed my mind after talking to the sales people.
We had a great time and it worked well from start to finish. I must say that we did a good job in kayak choices. Both of them are really good fishing kayaks and Mike has been working on a functional anchoring system.
It is exciting to think about the next season as we get going sooner and have more time to kayak.