South Catamount Reservoir – Paddling

It was Saturday morning, sunny and a little breezy. Seemed like a nice day to go for a paddle, especially because I twisted my knee playing street hockey the week before and it was still too sore for any serious hiking. Sometimes I wonder if, at age 50, I should quit playing street hockey but then I conclude that as long as I don’t seriously hurt myself I’m probably okay. The first time I hurt my other knee was on a backpacking trip, so I just don’t think I can stop doing everything just to avoid injury.

Anyway, we loaded up my little boat, a 13 foot Mill Creek with the wood strip deck, and Lisa’s Sea Island Sport sit-on-top. Both are boats I built a few years ago from kits available from Chesapeake Light Craft. If you look at some of my older posts you can see the boats during the building stages. For this trip we also planned to take Jeff’s Mill Creek 13 as well, and as this would be the first time I would try to carry three kayaks on my truck, I spent a little extra time figuring out the placement of the J-type and gunwale holders for my Yakima rack.

Chevy Avalanche with 3 Kayaks

Chevy Avalanche with 3 Kayaks

We picked up Jeff and successfully loaded his kayak, then headed to South Catamount Reservoir in the Pikes Peak Recreation Area. When arriving   Continue reading