Destination: Kayaking Swift Creek Lake at Pocahontas State Park, VA

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I enjoyed kayaking when we lived in Florida, but I haven’t done much of that since moving to Virginia. So recently I got myself a new kayak (more on that in a bit), and hope to use it a lot more in the near future! Today I loaded it up for a wander to Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield VA, about 20 minutes from home. I hit the waters of Swift Creek Lake for a lovely morning paddle. Come along!

The new kayak is an Evoke Trophy 126–I’m pretty sure this is a rebranding of the Future Beach Angler 126. It’s a 10.5-foot sit-in fishing kayak–I don’t fish, but I liked everything else about it, so I picked it up. For a relatively low-end (read: cheap) kayak, so far I’m really loving it. It’s pretty lightweight, and a dream to paddle–pretty speedy, very stable, and it tracks very well. Tracking is the real drawback of my sit-on-top kayak, a Sundolphin Bali 10–that thing veers off every time I stop paddling. I wanted a sit-in this time so I can take it on the rivers around here–I’ll work up to that, though!

This osprey shot ALMOST makes up for me totally missing the bald eagle that flew over my head. I was shooting with my 16mm lens at the time, and had no time to swap over to a longer lens!

That was a really nice outing–and I overuse the word “nice” most egregiously in the video, sorry about that. Thanks for coming along!

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