Tuesday, April 19, 2016

KittyKayaks 380x Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle 380X has returned

So I sent an email to The Sea Eagle People.  They were so kind as to help me out with my 330, which you know I have run ragged and it has been more places than my 380x, they were so kind as to patch the bottom of my 380x and it worked as good as new today.  

It did not sink or anything, but there was water coming in under the floor of the bottom insert.  

I like to go out to eat after kayaking and it just was not making me happy.

The Sea Eagle Customer service rep came to the conclusion that the cement boat ramp at the Black Hills Lake was making the holes in my kayak bottom and that I need to use the soft launch... so I will see if I can oblige... 

Today I used the soft launch at Clopper lake.  I was dry as could be after I got out, so I was much happier today..

She looks good doesn't she... and then I loaded her up.

What is all that stuff you wonder?

** Life Jacket  /**Beach Towels / ** rescue cushion w handles/

** Seat of course / ** paddle / ** Cooler chest / ** tubes for rods, and monopod / anchor for reading or fishing/ roping for when a wind comes up and you don't want to get too far to paddle against the current coming back in = rope a tree or a stump or a rock...

fishing bag for getting serious when the fish jump and tease you!

Water for hydrating... cameras, so when the big pic comes you don't have a battery die and can just grab another camera....

Bungee cords to hook your paddle in so you don't loose it when you are paddling around... 

LOOK! I have used all these things at one time or another... I have not used the whistle for help or the compass to get back from somewhere...

The paddle was good

The current was strong, but not too strong for my favorite cormorant  or Phalacrocoracidae as the scientific name is....

I went to his usual calling spot and then I saw him in a tree

So I paddled over and got a closer look

Yep, it was him, soon I will have to name him..

I followed him around for a while, not easy with the current and the wind...

It was a beautiful day!

I passed a few turtles.... They agreed it was beautiful!

Then I passed some more turtles!

 THEN... I saw our friend had found a friend and I stopped bothering him...   I guess his gulping paid off....  Strange sounding bird and he does look prehistoric.

                    Phalacrocoracidae   Cormorant

He Gulps.... one gulp loudly    while he is outstretched...

He just stands frozen like this until he gets the results from his gulping.....   I find him fascinating!

Not really rare in this area, but I never saw this before....

Then again... I never saw this

And after I saw a heron do this in Berlin, MD, I find this guy at

Clopper lake and when I kayaked near him he started doing the same thing!....

and so it is!

 and out we go!

Another beautiful day ends at Clopper Lake!

and what does the certified kayaker wear to dinner?

 Yep, that is my 380x in action on my shirt


Yep, coffee in the morning and coffee... after I get back... sometimes coffee in a thermos when I am yakin'!!!

When I saw this bird... I thought he must have had something to be able to stand on one leg at the top of that high tree.... COFFEE???!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Need to find the Nearest Boat Ramp in Montgomery County....

 Links to Boat Ramps... click on ramp for description on map

Montgomery County Boat Ramp Map

Boat ramp Map in Howard County

This is Cunningham Falls in Thurmont...Catoctin State Park

BUT... you can find a Ramp in Montgomery County, MD with this map

Montgomery County Boating RampsMontgomery County DNR map boat launches