The Fiberglass Anniversary

Christine and I spent the last 3 days in the San Juan Islands (a group of islands in Puget Sound, a couple hours from Seattle) celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary. We camped at Spencer Spit State Park, which is one of my favorite campgrounds for it’s private campsites and good location and scenery. We had a very relaxing weekend.

I think the most exciting aspect of the weekend, and the one that triggered the title, was picking up a used tandem sea kayak. We’ve been talking about getting one for years. We’ve taken paddling classes, rented them, gone on guided trips with them, but we’ve never owned one. Now we do.

We went on three different paddles over the weekend and enjoyed the solitude, quiet, and wildlife. Spencer Spit was a great place to re-aquaint ourselves with paddling as the waters were gentle and the scenery and wildlife were plentiful. Last night we took it across the island to MacKaye Harbor and that was a bit more challenging and probably above our skill level until we re-take the kayaking safety courses.

I look forward to many years of kayaking and kayak camping with Christine. I don’t think we could have had a better ninth anniversary.


  1. Phil says:

    Fiberglass– much better than china.

  2. Rory says:

    what a great way to spend an anniversery. congratulations!

  3. beth h says:

    Happy Anniversary! (We celebrated our fifth last week — paper).
    Hope you guys enjoy a gazillion more years together.

  4. Jimmy Livengood says:

    Happy Anniversary! Is that a Seaward kayak?

  5. AlexWetmore says:

    Jimmy — It is a Seaward Gemini. It is their entry level double and was our choice for it’’s slightly shorter length (18” vs 20+ feet for most doubles) which makes it fit in our proposed storage location. We had 19” maximum to work with. I also considered the similar Seascape Point 5, but many people that I talked to thought Seaward made a better kayak.

    It’’s well used and we”ll have a little homework to do some gelcoat repairs, but I think it”ll work great for us. I look forward to our first kayak camping trip.

  6. Robert says:

    My wife and I kayaked in and around Kauai on our honeymoon. We”ve been talking about getting one ever since. This blog is stirring that pot back up. I can”t wait to get out again.