Randy

*2014

Location:

Tracys Landing, MD
Hometown: Fairhaven

Member since:

February 14, 2012

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is required for all of our paddles. Do you have your own PFD or have acces to one?

Yes.

Please tell us a little about your previous kayaking experience. It's okay if you don't have a lot of experience.

I have been kayaking for about ten years, but only sporadically until the last two years. I have been sea kayaking along the coast of Maine, but most of my experience is on the Chesapeake Bay and the local creeks. I have tried whitewater kayaking, which I enjoyed, but I prefer sea kayaking and being able to take my time and enjoy nature. I have been in a couple of dicey situations, like being under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on a Labor Day weekend with 3 foot whitecaps. When you get between the bridge pylons, it's like being in a giant washing machine. NOT my idea of fun, but I survived it. (No, it was not my bright idea to do it in the first place, I am all about safety.) One of my favorite trips last year was a paddle at Jane's Island.

What kind or type of kayak(s) do you own? If you'll be renting or borrowing from a friend that's okay too. We also have rental kayaks for members to use.

I own two sea kayaks, a 16 foot Perception Avatar and a slightly longer New Design Scirocco.

Why do you kayak? Some people paddle to relax and get away from it all outdoors, others to stay fit. The real crazies paddle just for the joy and fun of it. What's your reason?

I paddle because it is a great way to enjoy nature. You can go places in a kayak that most other boats can't go. I also do it for the exercise. In the summer I will often hike one day on a weekend and paddle the next, to get a full workout. If I am really ambitious, I will do both activities on one day.

What do you hope to get out of joining this group? Some people want to improve their paddling skills others just want to socialize with fellow paddlers. Is there anything special you're looking for?

I want to make new friends with people who share the same interests as I do. I am always looking to improve my skills as well.

Introduction

I enjoy hiking, camping, & kayaking. I live close enough to the Bay that I can walk down the street & put my kayak in the water. Although I enjoy solitary pursuits, I also like shared experiences with like-minded people.

What Randy is saying about this Meetup Group

I have been to three different events with this group, and all of them were a lot of fun and well managed. Good group of folks to hang out with.


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