The rental shop
The Hague Downtown
As you paddle away from the tall buildings, Malieveld appears on the right. It's a big open field where festivals and other events often take place, and it's adjacent to the city's largest park, Haagse Bos.
Bonnie soon exclaimed, "Kayaking in the Netherlands is much easier than kayaking in San Diego!" She sometimes trades biking to work for kayaking (jelly!). The Pacific Ocean, it's waves/winds/ currents, and the very inefficient sit-on-top that she uses in California appear to be the culprits.
We paddled along the north edge of the park, and quickly encountered the thick duckweed that the not-British lady had warned us about (is it still easier than San Diego, Bonnie?!). In some places it went multiple centimeters deep. But we also encountered large patches of picturesque lily pads like the ones on the right.
The royal palace sits in the far east end of Haagse Bos, and we decided to go for a visit. As we approached, we were soon intimidated by the high fences and security cameras, and decided to turn around and head for Clingendael Park instead.
Clingendael Park and the Japanese Gardens
Take-out by kayak: fries, coffee, and more
Visiting a local brewery: Kompaan
The end of an epic trip
9 hours of kayaking left us quite pooped! We made the short walk back to Den Haag HS station, and grabbed the next trains back to Delft and Dordrecht.
Distance: 20.5 km (12.7 miles)
Duration: 9 hours :) including stops for lunch, fries, and beer/dinner
Weather: Warm and sunny!