Biking toward the house on Sunday, I was cold but happy. I’d just finished a rather nice kayaking adventure, and wasn’t while I wasn’t completely soaking wet… I was pretty damn close. It was cool out, but thankfully my body heat from biking kept me from getting too cold as my gear dried out.
I fully planned on going home, having a hot bath, and relaxing for the rest of the night.
Instead, I came across a whole street fair in Harvard Square, celebrating May Day… and I may have gotten sucked in. I poked around, listened to music, and took the following pictures of some amazing chalk art…
So a bit ago I got a full season membership to Charles River Canoe and Kayak. I also bought a new waterproof camera as a prep-point for taking Spring Break in France. Combining these two means that I can take pictures out on the water, and that I can get out onto the water for cheap. So… why not, right? It’s a medium-warm day in May, let’s get into the Charles!
- Start out the adventure by texting everyone while I’m at brunch… btw, brunch? Balling. So good! The brunch place that I usually go to upgraded its fare – they raised the price and cut out the menu options, but holy crap it was worth it. Carving station, omelette station, extra snacks… yeah. I enjoy going to the Foundry.
- Emma’s the only one to reply, so we aim to meet up after I finish gardening
- Finish gardening, get ambushed by neighbors (which is nice), and then meet up with Emma… late as always. I’m sorry Emma!
- It’s too cold to go in the water Wait, they’re joking! They call out to us as we’re about to walk away that it’s warm enough now! Just barely… but they can’t rent to anyone if the water temp is below 55 Deg.F – and it just hit 55.5 Deg.F out.
- They make us go through a whole slew of cold water release and waiver forms. Emma’s a bit worried, but we get a really stable Kayak to make up for it. Tie up the gear, get situated, and head out.
- The channel is kind of choppy, but nothing too bad.
- We’re about to get out into open water… Wait, the channel. The protected, enclosed channel, was choppy. Shit. Now we’re out on the river itself…. The river? 3ft waves.
- Emma starts to worry, but we’ve got this. Water spraying as we bash through the waves, paddles straining deep. Cue battle-music and some old grizzled sea-dog screaming orders over a hurricane.
- We can’t work through these waves… we need to make a break for shore, so we turn toward the esplanade and make landfall on a small dock.
- Beach in the esplanade, reorganize, and have a snack. Give Emma my waterproof layer.
- Now that we’re in the sheltered esplanade, it’s really nice! We take our time and mosey through the small channels. The trees are all in bloom, and it’s gorgeous with the cherry blossoms sprinkling down.
- After we get to the far end, we turn around and head back. Once we’re out into the river the waves aren’t super bad this time. The wind died down, I guess.
- Bike back, via the Harvard Square May Day event. Listen to some cool music and roll out home
- Have dinner, have a fire, and relax the night away. Nice.