Well my oldest son and I finally got out of town and over to the Kenai Peninsula to pick up our New Canoe, a Mad River Explorer 14 we picked up through REI sale lately. Free shipping to the local store was a motivator and having a sister living in Wasilla who always needs some fresh Halibut for her family was the answer to getting the boat down to Homer where we met them with our big boat and after an afternoon of fishing, they drove off with a cooler full of halibut filets and we tied the Canoe down on top and headed out around the corner for some remote Alaskan paddling,
That next evening found us in Chrome Bay, in water about as Flat Calm as it gets. I tried it solo a bit before the boy jumped in, and am very amazed at this boat. Initially it strikes as Very Fast. Keegan and I both felt like it took very little effort to get flying. Good initial stability also. Keegan, having never been canoeing before was not nervous at all. We had good life vests on and good paddles, mine was part of the initial purchase, $750 for boat and Bending Branches paddle on a good sale.
Ohhhh it feels good to be paddling again. Been a couple years since my last canoe went down tied to the top of a sinking Fishing Vessel.
So we explored the bay and slough there extensively. like a dream day.