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Making the most of a cold dreary Invercargill day

April 29, 2012

It seems there are not a lot of options of things to do on a grey drizzly day in Invercargill. Or maybe it’s just that it’s hard to get motivated to do stuff outside. I would be quite happy to sit inside and read my book, while the children make huts or play with lego.

But my partner, as usual, had other ideas. He borrowed a Fun Yak from a colleague at work. I had never heard of one until he brought it home. It’s a blow-up kayak, with two blow-up seats in it, which can easily seat one adult and two children. It comes with two child-sized paddles. So after pumping up the various compartments we put it on the roof and took it down to the Oreti River.

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Harrison was very taken with it and paddled out with his Dad. Then Sylvia had a go. Then I had a go with the children. The only problem was that it wasn’t sitting very straight in the water. It was kind of lopsided. We pumped it up some more and it seemed to be a bit better after that. No-one tipped out at least. After a bit of practice we could paddle in a straight line and with two adults we could make it go quite fast.

I’m undecided about the Fun Yak. I think a real two-seater kayak or Canadian canoe would be a lot stronger and safer, and I’m not sure I’d be comfortable taking it down a river – though obviously it is easier to transport when deflated. However, it was great for a try out and it was a good way to brighten up a cold dreary Saturday afternoon.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. aspo permalink
    April 30, 2012 6:00 am

    Good on you for getting out amongst the cold weather. I settled into a good book for the day – Fleur – (Fleur Sullivans autobiography)

    • April 30, 2012 7:33 am

      That sounds like a good read. I’m all for a reading household too!

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