Happy Monday folks! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. One of our weekend highlights was going kayaking on Saturday morning as a family!
As the previous week’s weather had been quite rainy and dreary, I wasn’t sure if our planned kayak outing would go as planned, but Saturday ended up being a BEAUTIFUL day. The plan was to arrive at the Key Bridge Boathouse as close to when it opened as we could (8am on Saturdays), so we could avoid crowds and have pleasant weather (not too hot, and obviously no rain). We were all in our family double kayak at 9am and the weather was perfect. (The best and safest option for our trio).
I had gotten the idea of going kayaking with Tommy and Ava from a work colleague, who had done it with her husband and son, who is Ava’s age, a few weeks ago and raved about it. She had nothing but good things to say about Key Bridge Boathouse, so after doing some online research of my own and calling to make sure they would let a 37-week pregnant woman and a 3-year-old in a toddler with another adult, I was hooked. It took absolutely no time convincing Tommy to go, as he loves to kayak.
When we arrived we had to sign waivers (Tommy and I did and Tommy included Ava on his waiver) and then we each had to pick out a lifejacket to wear during the kayak ride. You pay for your kayak ride after you are done with your outing. We decided to go out on the water for an hour (anything longer I think would have been ambitious for all of us) and that cost us $22. Since we were among the first few people there, we sailed through this process.
Ready to hit the water!
I was able to bring a medium-sized bag with us on the kayak (even though it did get a little wet) with some essentials – snacks for Ava, water, my phone to take pictures and play music for Ava towards the end of the ride to keep her occupied, and a change of clothes for Ava – which she ended up needing). The boathouse also has lockers if you choose to leave your belongings on dry land.
Ava did so well on the kayak! We sang “Row Row Your Boat” a lot, helped daddy “paddle”, had a blast trying to chase the ducks swimming around us, and watching all the other folks on the water in their kayaks, boats, wake boards, etc. Tommy was also awesome as he did 99.9% of the paddling for us. 🙂
It felt great to be on the water and outside. There was a nice breeze and the sun wasn’t too strong yet, so the kayak ride was really enjoyable. The views weren’t too bad either!
Luke made his presence known during the trip by kicking and moving a lot, so I took that as a sign he was having a good time as well!
As we were leaving, we saw a lot more people coming to kayak and standing in the registration line. I was really glad we got there when we did. So the earlier you arrive, especially on the weekends as it can get JAM-PACKED, the better.
I would definitely recommend doing this family activity with kiddos around Ava’s age and up!
Thanks to the Key Bridge Boathouse for your hospitality and seamless process. We’ll definitely be back – next time Tommy and I will each have to have a kayak with a kiddo in it!