Kayaking with dad
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I have had my kayak for over 2 years and I never had the chance to take my father out on it. No better place to experience the kayak than at Olita River State Park. So, early in the morning I headed to my parents house to pick up my father and the kayak, which is quite an ordeal. We have to pull it out of the back yard, get the seats and the paddles, and finally get it on top of my roof. From there its the crazy ordeal of fighting with tying it to the roof without it moving around. Finally, when done we passed by the walgreens to pick up a bottle of water.
Once at the Oleta River we dropped the kayak at the regular kayak dropoff which I later realized was just a sceme for the kayak rentals as its not centrally located to explore and be able to go explore in all the good places, as its too far and you get too tired, or you spend a couple of hours kayaking, making them LOTS of money.
From there we saw a bunch of crabs crawling on the mangrove roots, and various fish swimming in the waters below us. Also, we were very lucky to see a beautiful big iguana that was just gorgeous.
Finally, out of the mangrove mess, we ended up in the intercoastal where we passed the Oleta Pier where theres bunches of fisherman and pelicans. I believe at that point is when I saw a dolphin jump a couple of times, but my father, though he tried, didnt see it, so I figured that I was just imagining things.
Eventually, we continued around the main island, and into one of the little canals running through it, and found ourselves a tree full of vultures, and a beautiful Great Blue Heron that I insisted on harassing until I finally captured it flying off. Such grace.
Back to the drop off point, we pulled the kayak out, and walked around for a while. We put the kayak on the roof and headed home, not too eager for the cleaning and drying of the kayak.
After untying it, we had to take it off and wash off the seats, lifejackets, and empty out the purge water in the kayak, all in all taking about an hour. Long and painful, but way worth it. We had a great time!