2 Captains + 1 Ship = Kayak Rollover

By Caileen  |  Thursday, January 29, 2015  |  , , , , ,  |  2 comments

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So there we were, kayaking for the first time on day #1 of our recent vacation to Jamaica... You might be thinking to yourself, "Awesome, that sounds like a blast." To which I respond, "HAH!" Our excursion may have been fun if there weren't two captains trying to control the kayak (I still contend that my way, was the right way). Fortunately, the majority of the time, my husband and I work very well together as a team; he's apples and I'm peanut butter, we complement each other. He is the mellow, laid-back, easy-going type 'B' to my overly anxious, obsessive, neurotic type 'A.' Our balance is USUALLY impeccable. However, all good things must come to an end... Alright, not to an end… but, they must be rattled every now and then so that the good times can truly be valued and appreciated. At least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it (queue Collin Raye's country tune of the same moniker).

So, we're kayaking. I row, he rows, I splash him every time my paddle hits the water, and he tells me I'm doing it all wrong. The splashing may, or may not have been accidental. I'll let you decide. Instead of appreciating the beautiful scenery of crystal clear water, an assortment of non-scary aquatic life (a.k.a. an assortment of the shark-free kind), and lush greenery surrounding the ocean paradise, we were not enjoying our kayaking experience and decided to bring the ship in. Apparently two people in one boat trying to move in opposite directions isn't that much fun…

Upon our return to shore, the water made a turn for the rough. We didn't think much of it as we kept moving toward our goal: get off the ship, never dual kayak again… deal? Deal! We were a few feet short of the shore, when out of nowhere a wave broke and flipped the kayak on top of us. We arose from the wreckage bloodied and bruised, but more importantly, AMUSED. Thankfully neither of us embarrasses easily, as that part of the beach was heavily populated with other vacationers. As the resort staff retrieved the wreckage and made sure we didn't want to sue, we bowed and made our exit (not before first stopping for a photo).

Bloodied (although, minor) from colliding with the boat and stray coral, we headed back to our room to clean the wounds. A kayak roll-over is not the type of thing you expect or plan for when packing for a tropical resort trip (no longer the case)… My options were limited. So, we cleaned the areas as best we could with soap and water and then I remembered, I hadn't come totally unprepared! I had Calagel® in my bag. Over the years, I had finally learned to pack some with me after being eaten alive by mosquitoes on trips past.  Not just for poison ivy and mosquito bites, folks; Calagel is a maximum strength anti-itch gel, a first aid antiseptic, and a skin protectant. A well-deserved pat-on-my-own back was given as a reward for my righteous discovery!

In the end, we decided that paddle boarding was a much better fit for us, as we could each be the captain of our own ship.

Until next time…

Live life. Get outdoors!

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2 comments for “2 Captains + 1 Ship = Kayak Rollover”

  1. Posted 2/14/2015 at 6:34:20 PM
    Gravatar of Cher

    HAHA ... we have 8 kayaks between the two of us, and I still recall an invite to go on a new club's outing: they asked if we'd be in a "divorce boat" or did we already have kayaks!! Apparently many couples started in canoes, then decided paddling together in SEPARATE boats was the way to go!

  2. Posted 3/6/2015 at 1:41:52 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Cher: "Divorce Boat" is hysterical, and understandable! Separate boats suited us best, apparently we both have that "captain" gene :).

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