Or 'yak-ing' as my husband started to dub the activity we did the most during our stay on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

We were lucky to have four kayaks, a dock, life jackets and the ocean at our disposal at the rental property. I've been on a kayak twice - on a lake and a very calm river - the experience is a little different on the ocean, depending upon how choppy the water is, but even in windy conditions, maneuvering a these sleek vessels is pretty easy and safe. *Just make sure you have a flotation device on!*

Following the group hike around Long Pond, the boys asked Scott to help get the kayaks to the dock. Before we knew it, they were all on the water.

Kayak Launch

They all set off towards the small islands in this photo. The right side, closer island with the tall trees is John's Island. The bigger island off to the left is Folly Island.
Clear in the Morning

Of course, the boys were racing each other. They reached John's Island quickly (yes, it looks really far away, but I think it's only a quarter mile to its edge) and then proceeded to Folly Island before turning back.

In front of Folly Island, Brian and Matty are paddling hard:
Race Back

The two boys were tired, so Erica and I took over Brian and Matty's kayaks. Cousin Zach and Scott were still out in the ocean, taking the time to kayak around Folly Island.
First Kayak Ride

Heading to John's Island

We met Scott at John's Island.
Kayaking Around Johns Island

Even my Dad decided to give it a whirl and he did great!

More kayaking adventures to come!

Lisa Gordon  – (July 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM)  

It looks like everyone had so much fun, Shirley!
Great shots, and wonderful memories.

Jeanne  – (July 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM)  

What a great place to kayak!! Looks as if you all had a wonderful time!

Anonymous –   – (July 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM)  

Glad to know you all stayed high and dry! Your dad looks like he's really enjoying himself.

Catherine  – (July 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM)  

Beautiful landscape + photos Shirley! I've been kayaking a couple times - on the Potomac in Washington, DC - sans enfants. Would love to take my boys one day, perhaps where the scenery is closer to Mt. Desert Island :)

Puna  – (July 18, 2013 at 5:55 PM)  

We are going to buy some soon, very soon. It looks like you had so much fun! I'm looking forward to the adventures!

ZielonaMila  – (July 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM)  

Great place, beautiful pictures :) Regards

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