I just had the kind of weekend that was so fun that when I came into work Monday morning I almost couldn't remember what I was working on when I left. It's almost the end of summer (sob) and it's been really hot here (high 90s), so we've been spending all our time at the beach, diving into the 70-degree ocean.
And true to form, we went to the beach on Friday afternoon and Saturday. But on Sunday, we decided to try something different. We loaded up the kids, packed a cooler of snacks, covered ourselves in sunblock... and rented kayaks!
We went to Southwind Kayaks, which is right in the middle of Newport Harbor and Newport's Back Bay. We rented two double kayaks, so each of the kids could ride in front and the adults could do the majority of the paddling. They provided life jackets for both the kids and the adults.
Me and my four-year old daughter, taking a quick paddle break in our bright green kayak
We spent an hour paddling around the canals in Newport Harbor. I had kayaked once or twice before, and it took me a few minutes to get my paddling stroke down, but it's easy enough for a beginner to do. If I can do it, anyone can! It helps that the water in the harbor is really calm.
It's definitely a workout (two days later my shoulders and arms are a bit sore still), but it was such a great way to be active with the whole family and enjoy the last dregs of our summer. Having children who are old enough to enjoy activities like this is just amazing. I hope they remember this kind of thing as fondly as I know I will.