B.A.S.K. is the Bay Area Sea Kayaking group, which apparently has over 400 members. I joined them shortly after Big Purple arrived to check out the group and meet some nearby paddlers. They conveniently had a new member paddle scheduled two days after my boat arrived. The paddle would be on the Oakland estuary, which is only a 5 minute drive from my apartment.
We met up at the public launch site near Jack London Square. For the most part, Jack London Square tends to be deserted, but on Sundays the farmer's market makes it a popular destination. It always makes me nervous to drive around the Square because a railroad runs along the center of the road. Apparently the maximum train speed is 15 mph, but when a train is coming, all the side streets are blocked off, so you can theoretically get trapped on the road/railroad. Not cool.
Brief vent (happier discussion below): California Parks like rules, fees, and regulations.
I sometimes think that moving here has made me more conservative (in the fiscal sense). I don't remember paying for park entry, parking, or launching during the summer I paddled on the 11 Finger Lakes. If we encountered someone who told us to pay, we could drive down the next dirt road and find a free spot to put-in. Also, night paddles are not illegal in NY. What I really wanted to do on Saturday was to have a peaceful sunset paddle on the reservoir, but I had to be off the water by 6:30pm (1.5 hours before sunset)...
Ben and I paddled north from East Shore Park and stuck to the east side of the lake. Cayuga is long... really long! This is not going to be easy... These first few posts will probably be kind of short since I'm just trying to catch up.
Date: Sunday, May 2nd, 2014
Distance: 7.5 miles
Weather: Calm on the way out, windy on the way back (not in our favor)
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