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Sunset Kayaking

July 13, 2010

Last night, I got the chance to go out and report on my most exciting assignment for This Week thus far. I jumped at the opportunity to write about Island Spirit Kayak, thinking “Hey, I like kayaking, why not?” I figured I’d just be paddling around one of the salt water lakes on the island for an hour or something, but I never imagined I would get out of it what I did last night during my sunset kayak tour.

My night began by driving to Vineyard Haven to a boat launch at Lake Tashmoo where I met up with my guide, Jessie, who was really energetic and fun, and the rest of the group. I was instructed how to use a ruddered kayak with foot pedals to help turn, which made navigating much easier than in other kayaks I’ve been in. We paddled around the lake, passing by an Osprey nest that had two baby birds in it. Although we weren’t really that close, and the nest is up really high, Mamma Osprey was not pleased and was squawking at us, so we moved on.

We paddled under a dock and to these big cages in the lake that Jessie told us were for bay scallop spawning. Since shellfishing is many islanders’ bread and butter, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group works to maintain the population of these creatures.

As the sunset was nearing, it was time to cross the channel dividing Lake Tashmoo from the Vineyard Sound. We were instructed to stay toward the right side of the channel, near the jetty, where the current wasn’t as strong. A couple who was on the trip decided they were going to go up the middle of the channel, and it was really hilarious watching them flail around in their tandem kayak as I nonchalantly paddled my way up the proper side of the channel, into the Vineyard Sound and onto Tashmoo beach. This is the same beach I blogged about taking Kevin to- the one that requires you to drive down a ridiculous dirt road. Getting there by boat was so much better! We drank champagne on the beach while watching the sunset, and although it was amazing and everyone I have met on Martha’s Vineyard has been really friendly, this is something I would enjoy so much more with all my wonderful friends (Save up $65 and come take the tour with me in August, anyone?).

After the sun had completely set, we all put on glow stick bracelets for the paddle back. I was a little nervous about the idea of being in a kayak in the dark, but once I was out on the water, it was absolutely amazing. My spidey-vision kicked in and it was just me, my boat, and the stars. I felt so in control, so relaxed, and so free as my oars cut through the water, setting off glowing bursts from phosphorescent algae in my path.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. JANICE CYR permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:59 pm



  2. Jessie "YEEHAW" permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:55 pm

    Jessie here! just stumbled across this while researching a shellfish biology project. fabulous pictures, gorgeous paddle, I especially like the last photo of the sunset… notice that lone yellow sea kayak floating away off the beach without a PERSON in it because we were too preoccupied taking in the sunset with our champagne! good times on MV 🙂

    • Kristy permalink
      January 4, 2012 9:57 am

      Ha. I think that was my kayak! Great time 😉

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