Our Pancake paddle group (because why wouldn’t you be a part of a group like that? If you’re in the area here’s the page) couldn’t meet at the Swedish club like last month because they weren’t open over the 4th of July weekend
Some of us wanted to get together anyway! (The kayak nerds among us). So we went to Marination Mai Kai (Hawaiian-Korean food). Since there was only five of us that made it I really enjoyed getting to know the others there in the smaller group.
There’s a rental place, Alki Kayak Tours, right next to the restaurant as well if needed.
We headed to the right to the Duwamish River . I’ve been wanting to see this place ever since reading about it in the paper.
And another awesome angle, this one from the other Alex on the trip.
We paddled along together, exploring as we went. The grain elevator below is no longer working, except apparently on Halloween when the broken machines come to life and the ghost ships get stocked up 😉
Under the West Seattle bridge.
The planners of the group, Pat and Joseph, know so much about Seattle history, making the trip extra delightful with their fun facts.
Pat kept up well on his stand up paddle board, Joseph in the same version of our boat except a single, and the other Alex in his Oru (which I learned does have very appropriate ties to origami as the creator loves kayaks and origami!)
The weather was perfect! Not too hot, not too cold, and only a very slight wind
Once we got to the end of Harbor island they turned around and headed back and we went on with Oru Alex to Kellog Island. We saw so many birds and the contrast between industrial and wildlife was so interesting to see.
Star Wars Fans rejoice!
We then crossed Elliot Bay, putting the Seattle Skyline behind us