Drew’s 1st paddle boarding experience

Growing up watching people paddle boarding around Cape Cod through the surf and calm always made me want to try it out for myself. I guess I assumed that it was the kind of thing that took years to really get the hang of and was simply made easy looking by the people I always saw doing it. I had tried surfing and had fun but looked nothing like those dudes surfing through tunnels of waves in the movies and half the time I’d wipe out anyway. I was about as optimistic for my paddle boarding ventures. But I picked it up much more quickly than I thought I would when my buddies and I rented a few paddle boards and took them out on the water.

Paddleboards look a lot like surfboards but standing on them is entirely easier to balance, like the difference between riding a unicycle and a tricycle. I was able within minutes to get moving with some pretty good speed out on the water. It wasn’t long before my friends and I were racing along and trying to knock each other off into the water. After a truce we aligned our three boards into a wide, three hulled board raft and chugged along across the salt water. We let the wind blow us along, using our paddles held up in the air as sails to move us. We reluctantly pulled into shore at the end of the day, surprised at how much fun we had doing what would seem like such a simple activity. Even someone with no experience on a paddleboard can have a blast within a few minutes of getting on a board for the first time. If I knew earlier how much fun I would have paddle boarding, I would have gotten on one a long time ago.

Kayaking Herring Cove Tidal Lake

This guided kayak tour in Provincetown was at Herring Cove tidal lake.  One of my personal favorite places to kayak in Provincetown.  I had an inquiry from  2 ladies that were interested in paddling in Herring Cove tidal lake.  The ladies wanted to paddle the tidal rivers.  They had never done this before so asked me to guide them and their son on the journey.  The adventure started at Provincetown Aquasports kayak store.  I loaded the kayaks into the Provincetown kayak delivery vehicle.  Included was all the safety equipment needed.  I drove from the kayak rental store in Provincetown out to the launch site.  I met the ladies and young man at The Moors.  We fitted everyone with the proper safety equipment and made all adjustment to the kayaks needed.  I locked the kayak delivery vehicle and stored the keys.  There is several tidal rivers in Herring Cove tidal lake.  I like to start in the middle and paddle up the river as the tidal water is coming in.  This is an amazing feeling.  It feels almost effortless.  The water is flowing like a river.  Looking around you can see lots of sea life.  The sea grass to our sides is thick and green.  As we paddle up the river it winds and curves.  With every few hundred feet the river narrows.  I find a nice sand bar and I jump out of my kayak.  I offer to take some pictures of the family.  I climb back in the kayak and off we go.  Today is a great day for this kayaking adventure in Provincetown.  The tide is estimated to be 9.8 feet.  This will give us plenty of water to paddle over the top of the sea grass.  This is especially important because we will not have to back track the river we paddled up.  There has to be a small portage over an exposed sand bar.  after that now we are back in the kayaks.  River number 2 is shorter than the first.  This is because it does not wind in the snake like fashion of the first river we paddled.  This river is much wider and more straight.  The tide has now turned and the water is flowing out of this river.  Now we are almost effortlessly paddling and floating down this river.  The water is carrying us like wind over water, free flowing.  I look to the left and point out a Herring standing in the sea grass.  We are quiet so we do not disturb the bird.  About 10 minutes later we arrive at the mouth of the tidal river.  Making a 90 degree turn we are now headed back in the direction of the launch site.  This is another 10 minute paddle.  Our kayaks are going into the wind.  I advise everyone that this will be the hardest part of our kayaking in Herring Cove.  Directly ahead of us is The Moors.  The last tidal river we are going to paddle is very close to the kayak launch site.  This river is more tricky than the others.  There are some dead ends in the river.  Luckily for the family they have chosen to kayak with Provincetown Aquasports.  I have paddled this river many times.  This is my favorite part of the journey.  The river is wide and deep.  A lot of water flows in and out this river 2 times daily with the tide.  The water is flowing out of the river because the tide has crested.  There is a little effort to get our kayaks up the river.  We take our time because this is the last section of the kayaking trip.  As we near the end of the river I look ahead and see a fox.  I quietly get the attention of the family.  They are able to see the fox climbing one of the sand dunes before disappearing into the brush.  This is a magical experience.  I take a second and realize how lucky I am to be here in this beautiful spot at this time.  We reach the point in the river where the water is so shallow that we bottom out in our kayaks.  Everyone gets out of their kayaks.  This is a great time for a little walk around.  We are able to look at crabs and sea pickles.  I take some photographs of the family.  They are really having a good time!  I also am having a wonderful time kayaking in Provincetown.  We jump back into our kayaks and off we go.  The final destination is the launch site.  The water is now rushing out of the tidal river.  I paddle ahead of the family and give them time to be alone for a few minutes.  I really enjoy paddling the tidal river when the tide is going out.  It feels almost like surfing on Cape Cod.  The water takes the kayak down the river with zero effort.  I arrive at The moors ahead of the family.  I pull my kayak up on the beach and wait.  I can hear them laughing and splashing.  These are the sounds of satisfaction.  The meet me at the launch site a few minutes later.  This concludes the kayak tour in Provincetown.  The family tells me they have had a great time.  I thank them for kayaking on Cape Cod.  Provincetown Aquasports thanks all their customers for business.  I load the kayaks back into the Provincetown kayak delivery vehicle.  I head back to the kayaking store in Provincetown.  What a wonderful trip.

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