So in the name of all things summery, here in my last summer of Not Farming I am hoping to take full advantage of all fun-hog opportunities that come my way. My sister and I leave for Scotland next week, so I apologize in advance for the radio silence, but promise to come home with some stories of our travels! We are hiking across the Highlands from Aberfeldy to Fort William, and then taking a couple of days to explore Skye. Very very excited.
In hopes of other summer adventures, and because she needed it badly, I have refinished my wooden sea kayak that I built 15 or so years ago. I used offsets from Pygmy kayaks, it is their oldest hull design I think, and meant for long journeys….the Queen Charlotte Standard. I can easily pack 200lbs of gear plus myself in it, though I would say overall the boat is too big for me and is hard for me to handle in a stiff wind, as the big nose causes it to weathercock pretty hard especially when it is empty, and my short stature and lighter weight and short arms (and, lets be honest these days, lack of upper body strength) make it hard for me to control and turn quickly in rough conditions. That said, I have had it out in some big swell, and though I couldn’t turn it when I wanted to, quartering into the wind this boat shouldered off anything the lower Columbia threw at it that day. I’d love to build another one sometime, that was a better fit for me and a little lower profile (and maybe with a skeg). Boy is it nice to have a big heated covered shop to work in! One of the benefits of the students being gone for the summer. With any luck, the husband and I will take our boats up to the west coast of Vancouver Island some time in August for a little trip….
Hope everyone out there in blog land has a great summer!