“Fall”-ing behind

We have not been on the water for some time now. Team Kayak is somewhat scattered, with members back at college, and a busy work schedule for me, not to mention all the outside work that comes around this time of year. Also, we went over three weeks with no rain, and the rivers around here fell to very low levels, making our usual haunts less navigable. The Maquoketa River looked better yesterday, with the flow gauge reporting 171 – up about 40 from a few days ago. The river level had regained a few inches, as well.

I have hopes of at least one perfect fall float, with sunshine and beautiful leaves on display, but I’m not sure when that would be. I doubt it would be with the full Team Kayak complement, but we will try! I will post some pics as the colors come out over our area. Get out and enjoy fall!


SOT or SIK?

Well, I haven’t been on the water too much lately, but have been reading up and dreaming about another kayak. I have been reading specifically about the pros and cons of a Sit-On-Top, or SOT kayak. No cockpit with a deck, just you on, rather than in, your boat. Opinions vary, of course, but many people claim they are more stable, easier to enter and exit, and just plain more fun than the Sit-In-Kayaks, or SIK. My kayaking is slow rivers and flat lakes, so no real challenges there. I do see why the SOT is a wetter ride, since there is nothing to deflect the water from your seat. That’s not a problem for me, since I pretty much do my boating in the summer.I am also looking at a larger boat, perhaps 11 or 12 feet.

What do you think? Let me know about your preferences and experiences with both types of kayak. Thanks!