In less than two weeks I have now paddled in both countries; the United States (Minnesota) and The Netherlands.
Still reeling from jet lag the hubby and I headed to our seasonal campsite at Camping Spijkerboor this morning located on De Kaag lake.
In our rush to get out the door this morning we forgot coffee (key item for Dutch coffee time), and some of the tent poles for our camper tent. So we sat… we watched the other campers… we made new local friends (more on that another time).
The forecast was for sun. I heard it was sunny somewhere in the country but not at our seasonal camping site! The overcast sky was making it less than desirable for sitting outside our caravan.
The weather did not stop me from launching my kayak for a short paddle to check out our new camping site from the water. Thus, making it my first kayak paddle of my Dutch paddle season. Hopefully we will have Cedar, our canoe, out on the water in the next week.
Photography of me in the kayak compliments of the hubby.
The Kaag is a large lake located between Amsterdam and Leiden. This lake is linked to the North Sea, Amsterdam, and Leiden by a series of canals and the old Rhine River.
We have paddled this lake several times in Cedar but usually that has been on the North part of this lake.
I first paddled across the bay to one of the marsh islands where I was able to spot a windmill on the other side of the lake near the town of Sassenheim.
As I turned the kayak around I was surprised to see a canoe paddling past.
I headed back towards the camping shoreline to investigate the surroundings. There are opportunities for several paddle routes for the upcoming summer.
Total paddle kilometers = 2.9 km
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