We spent the entire week remodeling at our house. New floors don’t come cheap and the only way to cut corners a bit is to rip up the old floors ourselves. We looked out the windows at the nice blue sky and calm winds as we drove to the recycle dump last midweek. We decided to formulate an kayak escape for the weekend. The location would be where I had biked into on my solo bike trip earlier this summer.
Krimpenerwaard at Loetbos in South Holland is just North of the Lek River. I dreamed of the nice large low wide launch pads all summer. This past Saturday early morning we headed out to cross the Lek from the South and dip our kayaks into this new area.
I had gotten all the upgrades for the yellow Wilderness Canoe purchased. The Hubby had made the seat improvements and had a new kayak paddle that was now the correct length and style for tour kayaking.
The days are now starting to feel like fall. The air has a lazy fall sun strength with a slight chill in the morning air. Then by mid morning, the temperature starts to warm up, no or just a sprinkle of rain and light mild winds. All these conditions make for a perfect enjoyable kayak paddle.
As the crow flies, the Loetbos is just about 8km from the camping. It is never that easy to get from point “A” to point “B” in this country.
We started out from the camping went to Kinderdijk (about 10km road drive), took the ferry boat across (had to wait 10 mins for the ferry and pay €2.75 which included the car and ourselves), drove through one little town then our TomTom took us on a small country road into the Loetbos (another 9km road drive). We found a parking area and walked into the Loetbos kanocentrum where we launched from canoe point 17.
The Loetbos is a nature area that is only about 2km long and about 1km wide. Loetbos is only a small part of the larger Krimpenerwaard canoe network that has 27 established canoe points that include the towns of Gouda, Stolwijk, Vlist, Schoonhoven and Krimpen aan de IJssel. We didn’t have time to explore much due to family obligations this weekend so we opted only to explore the small area of Loetbos.
I have mentioned in other blogs, that early morning is the time I like to paddle. Either in a canoe or a kayak before 10 am is a wonderful peaceful time to paddle on the Dutch waters. This past Saturday was no different. The clear blue sky with a off shore storm front gave us a enjoyable paddle inside the trees of the forest. On our return, along the canal that skirts the flat fields, the light whipping wind coming from the Sea gave us a workout to our endpoint back at canoe point 17.
We saw the normal heron, pigeons, cormorants that we see mostly here on our paddle trips. At one point I had a hitchhiker. A small dragonfly sat on my pants for a good while and enjoyed the warmth of the sun then flew off into the trees.
Hubby was sometimes ahead of me, sometimes behind me, and had issues towards the end of our paddle with water coming into the kayak when he paddled. He still makes it clear that he is happier with paddling a canoe than his kayak.
After our 4 km paddle we had a nice cup of coffee at the canoe center and watched a group of girls head out in rented canoes into the Loetbos. I loved seeing and hearing the excitement of their voices as they each got effortlessly into the boat and paddled off on an adventure. I kept thinking, 16 future canoe bloggers or by then some other imagined digital platform.
We finished our coffee and loaded the canoes and then took a different ferry boat back across the Lek River to the camping.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a warm fall morning than kayaking in a Dutch forest with two Dutch ferry boat rides across the Lek River.
Things from this weeks paddle:
- 3.8 km with a top speed of 8km/hr (I am thinking this was with a tailwind and the Hubby trying to catch up to me, he had the Garmin and I don’t remember going that fast)
- On the canal next to the flat lands the wind is much stronger, less wind on the canals that are protected by the Loet forest trees.
- Make sure to have cash money for the ferry boat rides.
- Plan extra 15 minutes to 1/2 hour time in for driving to the location due to ferry boats and country roads.
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My father would always say it was good luck whenever a dragonfly lit on us while we were fishing – looks like you had a wonderful weekend trip.
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Funny! If it is luck with fishing then I am in great need of that! Been skunked for last two years. But, if it means luck in other ways… well I guess I am being watched over as I get them landing on me all the time. Hummmm maybe another blog subject.
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How was the water getting into your hubby kayak, from the paddle?
Also sorry for only just catching up on all your blogs now.
No problem Chris- I think it is his paddling style. At first I thought it was the length of his first paddle and the blade was more for sea kayaking. We purchased a new Werner paddle that was the right length and blade for touring flat water. He still has the issue. He has a skirt for his kayak and lucky that he does as he pulls a huge amount of water from the paddle. I tested his kayak and paddle towards the end of Sept and didn’t get a drop of water into the kayak. I really tried. But- nothing. Have any ideas?
I have paddle rings on my paddle just make sure they don’t go under the water or they will drip. I also have a summer half skirt keeps the sun and water out but lets the air flow through the kayak so it’s not a sauna in summer
He has paddle rings too. I even adjusted them to see if it helped. Still not certain what the issue is unless it is his hand placement and paddling style. I certainly can’t replicate what he is experiencing when I paddle his equipment.
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So it’s just the operator then. Lol my stepdad gets so much water everywhere too
I am not sure I can say he will continue with the kayak much. Only time will tell.
Well you have cedar, why would you kayak
Because it was my first love. I still like it as I can explore without explanation. I can also go places in the kayak I can’t in a canoe. But- it is enjoyable to be on the water with my hubby. Who never did these sort of things until 2 years ago. Nice to have company on the water too.
Yes it’s nice to have company on the water, especially if that company brings better food than you and likes to share
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