Pueblo – Kayaking

Plans . . . my jetski co-worker and I were supposed to go boating once per week after work, but so far that hasn’t really worked out. That was the plan anyway. The last few weeks we couldn’t get our schedules to match up. Finally, today we were able to make it work and it turned out nice. We left work a little later than expected, but except for one stop to tighten a strap flapping in the wind, it was a straight shot down to the boat ramp at the North Marina. And, it was very warm, too. About 90 degrees with a light breezes and periodic gusts.

He headed out out on his jetski to check out some recent repairs and I paddled east towards the dam while cruising around the coves on the north shore.

A Quiet Cove Along the North Shore

A Quiet Cove Along the North Shore

 

We logged about 90 minutes of boating, getting back to the marina just after 8PM.

Sunset at North Marina

Sunset at North Marina

 

The clouds made for a nice sunset.

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Kayaking after work – Pueblo

One of my co-workers laments that he’d like to get out on his jetski more often, so I suggested we try to get out once a week to one of the lakes within an hour’s drive. We’ve been talking about this since last summer. Since June and July have the longest days, now is the time to act. Today was our first attempt and it worked out nicely.

We headed down to Pueblo Reservoir in Pueblo Colorado which is about an hour drive from work. I pulled his jetski on a trailer behind my truck and loaded my sea kayak on top of the truck. Pueblo reservoir has two marinas and we put in at the north marina.

Pueblo Reservoir's North Marina

Pueblo Reservoir’s North Marina

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Kayaking Columbus Day – Pueblo Reservoir

Since I had the day off at work for Columbus Day I decided use the opportunity to go kayaking again. This year, I was able to convince another co-worker (Tom) to go with me, although he didn’t kayak. He took his 300HP, super-charged, jet-ski. I pulled his jet-ski with my truck and we headed out to Pueblo Reservoir State Park.

As you may have noted in some of my earlier posts, it’s been kind of windy this year along the front range of Colorado and Columbus Day was no exception.  In fact, according to my Kestrel weather station, there were sustained winds of 18 mph with gusts in the 20s. Wind can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your attitude and skill level. I’m not the most skilled kayak paddler, so I must confess that I was a bit nervous. Of course, Tom was quite excited as jet-skiing over three-foot swells is an absolute blast.

Paddling Windy Pueblo Reservoir

Paddling Windy Pueblo Reservoir

As I exited the marina I hit the stronger wind of the open water and got down-right worried. I was having trouble turning the 17-foot long sea kayak and as I got sideways to the wind . . . and waves, while turning around, almost lost it. I have paddled in this kind of wind before, but it’s been a while and all of my other trips this year have been on rivers (using a 13-foot boat) or much calmer water. After 30 minutes or so I got comfortable with the conditions and the trip became more enjoyable. The temperature was in the 60s, and as you can see by the photo, very sunny. It wasn’t long before I was shedding layers. We ate lunch in one of the coves, then continued on with our day. Tom had no trouble out in the middle of the reservoir, where the swells reached three feet, according to him, while I stayed within 100 yards of shore where the swells were under two, in my estimation.

We paddled for a couple of hours and it was me who called an end to the day as paddling in the strong wind is exhausting. I really enjoy paddling a kayak and while I can see the draw to powered craft, like Tom’s jet-ski, I still prefer my kayak. A great day for both of us.

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