Mrs. COD and I enjoyed the outdoors before we had children….and we still do, but it’s not as easy as it once was. At times, I have longed for the days when we could go kayaking on the spur of the moment. WELL LONG NO LONGER! We’ve gone kayaking with our little guys 4 times in the last few weeks and once even by ourselves (thank you Gma COD in-law).
For me this has been a very important step towards validating our recent move to Kentucky. We wanted more accessible nature available to our family. Nature is my Prozac. It can be sitting on our deck looking at God’s creation or kayaking on the local lake, but being outdoors puts me more at peace with myself and others. So the fact we’ve been able to get out on the lakes ten minutes from our house is fantastic. Some mornings have been spur of the moment, yes with a 2 and 4 year old.
Now we do own kayaks and the gear, but this investment has paid for itself many times over. The experiences with my wife and kids is amazing. Mrs COD and I have shared crazy dreams (like having kids) and special moments (who will be the next to die on The Walking Dead) while captaining our boats. Now that I can share this with my children…well I’m very…happy. I feel truly blessed.
Enough mushy stuff. Generally speaking I encourage anyone to get outdoors. If you are interested in kayaking, you can get into this activity on a very reasonable budget and with limited storage thanks to inflatables. I was a bit skeptical about inflatable kayaks after owning hard shelled kayaks, but the reviews on Amazon and the price made me take the leap last summer for a single Intex K1 Challenger ($70) and this summer we purchased the double for $100 bucks (It arrived in less than 18 hours from when I ordered it). Mrs. COD finds the inflatables more comfortable and much easier to transport. So for under $100 you could get your boat and a life vest and be on the water. Hell you want to go with a friend, so buy two. Find some water and get outside, you’ll thank yourself for it later. What do you have to lose, a few hours of binge watching Netflix?
If you’re going for the first time, try out a lake, and always wear your life jacket.
What are your favorite outdoor family activities? What outdoor activity do you keep putting off doing? What are you waiting for?