Last summer, I decided to get John a kayak for his birthday, which is in August. What better way to social distance during a pandemic than to get out on the water? But, I guess everyone else had the same idea and was buying the few boats available, while the factories stopped making them. So there was no kayak to be had, except the inflatable kind, which I did not want. John got a Hawaiian shirt for his birthday.
This spring I was looking at kayaks again. I found one that looked good online at REI, and I bought it immediately. John got his birthday gift way early this year. Eager to try it out, for Memorial Day weekend I booked us a camp site at Merchants Millpond, about 2 hours away down in North Carolina. He had never been there before, but I had been on a few occasions by myself, and loved it. I can't think of a place I'd rather paddle.
The weather was looking iffy for the weekend, and we considered postponing the trip, but ultimately decided to stick with the plan. We headed out Friday in the middle of the afternoon.