Serendipitous Kayaking Adventure

We had a couple of shifts in the park Entrance Station this week and both MsBoyink and I try to keep the job interesting by keeping a patter going, both to amuse ourselves and (hopefully) put a smile on the face of people coming through and doing what is otherwise a pretty mundane transaction.  Whenever I see water-related items on a vehicle I’ll crack a joke about being in the desert or the fact that our park has no water feature.

This past Monday a camper went through with two kayaks on the roof of his truck and it prompted my usual comment.  I asked if he had been to Saguaro Lake - the closest lake to our park. He mentioned going to Canyon Lake later in the week when it was quiet and no one was around. I jokingly said “take me with you!” and he immediately shot back “Want to go? I have two boats.”

We have very much tried to adopt an “always say yes” mentality when it comes to these opportunities. Yes, I have work to do. Yes, there is laundry. Yes, there is shopping. But those seem to always be there while chances to do things like help out at a book launch party or now go kayaking are not. So we try to always say yes and figure out the details later.

Barth - the camper’s name - came back to the window on his bike to follow up. As we talked and he heard our family story he asked if Harrison would like to go as well. If so there were rental kayaks available and we could make a “boys day out” of it.  I was happy he suggested this as MsBoyink and I had just been talking about how some father-son time doing more physical adventurous stuff was sorely needed right now. 

In short, the boy was up for it, we agreed on a day, met early that AM and went to Canyon Lake. After booking the rental kayak for Harrison we launched and followed Barth as he is quite familiar with the area.  He’s from Wisconsin but has spent considerable time exploring Arizona and with a natural enthusiasm, sense of curiosity and a child-like wonder for beauty found in the natural world made a first-rate tour guide. 

We explored 3 narrow canyons off the main lake, and in the first one beached the kayaks to hike up to view falls and snowmelt-driven streams that Barth has never seen here.  We saw Bald Eagles, a Peregrine Falcon, and several varieties of ducks throughout the day. I took a whole bunch of photos because every time I looked up a beautiful scene presented itself.  I purposefully tagged behind a lot to let the boy have some interaction with Barth and I could tell the conversation was flowing easily between them. 

We’ve been noodling around the idea of trading a couple bikes for some kayaks. Now I just need to get MsBoyink on the water to see if she enjoys it more than biking (which wouldn’t take much).

Thanks to Barth for the offer, the use of your equipment, and leading us around on a gorgeous day!

Sorry for the number of photos - just too many good ones to pick from….

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Getting set to launch

Getting set to launch

Following the boy up a canyon

Following the boy up a canyon

Surprise waterfall

Surprise waterfall

Barth taking photos

Barth taking photos

Pretty AZ Scene

Pretty AZ Scene

Harrison hiking in AZ

Harrison hiking in AZ

Leaning rocks over an AZ water scene

Leaning rocks over an AZ water scene

Harrison doing a little rock scrambling

Harrison doing a little rock scrambling

Following the water upstream

Following the water upstream

Harrison hiking in AZ

Harrison hiking in AZ

Harrison wading instead of rock scrambling

Harrison wading instead of rock scrambling

Launching after Lunching

Launching after Lunching

Sun hitting some beach-ish looking grass

Sun hitting some beach-ish looking grass

Cool AZ water scene with balanced rock

Cool AZ water scene with balanced rock

Harrison paddling back out of the canyon

Harrison paddling back out of the canyon

Harrison and Barth talking

Harrison and Barth talking

Harrisons photo of me kayaking

Harrisons photo of me kayaking

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Sorry, can't answer your call right now

Barth in the main lake

Barth in the main lake

Gorgeous sun and scenery

Gorgeous sun and scenery

Heading up another canyon

Heading up another canyon

A tree!

A tree!

Harrison paddles in Canyon Lake

Harrison paddles in Canyon Lake

Harrison and Barth in the main lake

Harrison and Barth in the main lake

Harrison closer up

Harrison closer up

Getting later in the day

Getting later in the day

Harrison at the end of a canyon

Harrison at the end of a canyon

Another break for food

Another break for food

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7 Comments Serendipitous Kayaking Adventure

  1. Picture of Barth ZurbuchenBarth ZurbuchenFebruary 19, 2013

    Mike,
    Niiiiice. Really nice.
    Lets make this really easy for MsBoyink. I could drop the boats off at your site tomorrow (going to run/bike rain or shine) and pick them up Sunday aft (going to run/bike shine or shine).

  2. Picture of MarciMarciFebruary 20, 2013

    We see lots of RVers with the inflatable Sea Eagle kayaks.  I think there are 1 or 2 person versions, and they hardly take up any space - you’d probably we able to keep the bikes, too!

    Looks like some great “guy time” on the water!

  3. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkFebruary 20, 2013

    Thanks Marci - I should look into those as well.

  4. Picture of Mrs BarthMrs BarthFebruary 20, 2013

    I am happy you are keeping Barth company.  Wish I was there.  Some of my favorite scenery. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  5. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkFebruary 20, 2013

    Hi Mrs Barth!

    Your comment came in while we were having dinner with your husband and Dave - thanks for stopping by!

  6. Picture of LarryLarryFebruary 25, 2013

    Sweet!

    I would love to do some kayaking in the southwest, havn’t gotten there yet! If your in upper Wisconsin, (and its warmer than it is now…) a truly awesome place where we go is the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Maybe a meet up in the future?

  7. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkFebruary 25, 2013

    Thanks Larry - we have to get MsBoyink on the water and see if it’s something she can do and likes to do.

    If so then it’s the puzzle of equipment - I think I’d prefer regular kayaks once on the water but while transporting the inflatables look to have the upper hand.

    I’d like to be able to try out an inflatable before buying.

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