While Alex and I were on the Olympic Peninsula, we thought it would be awesome to go sea kayaking in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
We were right, it was pretty awesome…minus some big waves and choppy water.
Alex was in charge of this adventure, which he booked through Olympic Raft & Kayak. He selected the 2 hour tour, which includes a guide, transportation to the kayaking location, slash gear, your kayak…and plenty of play time with the resident dog, Steve.
The Olympic Raft & Kayak staff was awesome! I forgot my sweater and they managed to find me a warm fleece to borrow, how nice is that? They’ll hang onto your rental car keys and any other valuables you don’t want to risk falling into the ocean, have a great bathroom setup complete with showers, and again…they have Steve.
Steve, to dog, will great you at your car and show you the way…he’s a great dog ambassador for kids (or adults) who are hesitant around dogs. He doesn’t jump on people and all he wants to do is play fetch…so if you start playing with him, expect to continue to play with him. Steve is the best.
But enough about Steve.
Alex and I were on our micro-adventure with a family of four from Chicago and our guide, who grew up in Olympia and goes backpacking and rafting in his spare time. He was really good at answering all of our questions, not making anybody feel like they were stupid (even when I crashed into Alex who then bumped into some rocks. oops), and made sure we were comfortable while trying to get ourselves out of some extra choppy water.
If you ever have the opportunity to go kayaking, especially in the Pacific Northwest, I’m going to highly suggest you go sea kayaking. If you’re like me and uncomfortable (understatement of the year) in water, getting a guided tour is totally worth it. I was more worried about dropping my phone (I use a Lifeproof case – the green one, so I was worried about losing my phone more than getting it wet) than about the act of kayaking because our guide made the whole thing seem doable and safe.
I can’t wait to go kayaking at our local beaches this summer, and hopefully going stand-up paddle boarding!
Things to consider when you go kayaking
- Wear sunscreen, bring a hat
- Bring a change of shoes, the ones you wear kayaking will most likely get soaked
- Dress in layers – it was super windy and cold in the bay so that fleece they lent me was perfect
- Go with a friend! That way you’ll both get photos
- Ask about conditions before going out if you’re not with a guide
- Eat a good meal before going out, there isn’t time to stop for a snack
Do you kayak?
What activity do you want to try this summer?