Monday, March 7, 2011

Dry bag for kayaking

The time that I realized that I need a dry bag was when my son and I kayaked down Stanislaus River. Usually we like to kayak rivers in 100 degree weather, so we don't even think of needing a dry bag, or any extra clothing. However, this day was around 80 degrees and my son got a bit cold while we were on the river. He eventually warmed up basking in the sun, but it made me I realize that I need extra clothing and towel that are not wet from all the splashing.

Below is the dry bag I ended up buying. It's not too expensive; is just the right size for one or two people (perfect for my tandem inflatable kayak). This Attwood large dry bag is very sturdily made and the blue see-through plastic makes finding things inside easy. I've put many nautical miles on it since I got it last summer.

Kayak and Camping

To me, kayaking is about exercise and exploration. More about exercise later, but if I was to explore any place more than a couple of hours drive, I'd like to stay overnight. I have found camping to be an excellent way to do that. Just drive up the night before, camp, then wake up and kayak. It's a little more involved than that logistically, but that's the general idea. Usually, campgrounds are located closer to kayak destinations than any hotel.

Another way to plan a trip is to seek out great campgrounds and just bring the kayak. Often times the best campgrounds are near a lake or river.

This Sunset Magazine link shows 36 of the best campgrounds in California:

http://www.sunset.com/travel/california/best-campgrounds-california-00400000044084/

Kevin