Being in your ninth month of pregnancy can be draining. You reach a point where you ask yourself, is it worth it to do ‘x’? and the answer is usually a big NO. With my husband working during the day and my energy levels at an all time low during the evenings, we are often left watching television or for a big hoorah going out to a movie or to dinner. Today, I felt an energy burst and I woke up with an excitement to get out and enjoy the beautiful, sunny California weather that brought us here in the first place. Since our favorite pastime of bodyboarding is not a viable option (I can’t exactly ride the waves with my huge belly against the board), we leaned toward kayaking, and I again found myself asking, is it worth it? Well, I thought it out logically…. Our AdveancedFrame Convertible Kayak by Advanced Elements is an easy to set up, fifteen foot, inflatable kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem. One person, Darren per se, can transfer the kayak from the car to the water, unfold, inflate, and attach the seats. Although we rigged it for tandem paddling it was most certainly going to be paddled solo; I really had little intention of doing even a quarter of the work. All I really needed to do was convince Darren that going kayaking was in fact a good idea considering he would be kayaking for three (or two and a half depending on how you look at it) and possibly carry the paddles and maybe the pump. This was all starting to sound really doable! I was more than capable of kayaking in my ninth month of pregnancy.
Off we went to Dana Point Marina for a relaxing afternoon of tandem kayaking. Although the bag was heavy, it weighs 56 LBS, we were grateful for the inflatable kayak. It took no time to get it to the sand and set it up. I was able to carry the paddles and the pump while Darren did the heavy lifting. Without breaking a sweat, he had it pumped up and ready to go.
While we were setting up, we ran into another Advanced Elements kayaker who offered encouraging words about her kayak and her constant use of it for over four years. We chatted as if we were long lost friends and made plans for next weekend to get back out on the water with her and her husband. She may have been old enough to be my mother or even possibly my grandmother, but her zest for life and water adventures were strong enough befriending elements.
I may have needed a little extra help getting into the kayak, but once we were in the water, it was surprisingly simple to maneuver and it provided an enjoyable afternoon of bonding and working together to paddle around other kayaks, paddleboards, and boats. Darren and I look forward to a long life together where we participate in experiences as one. With the AdveancedFrame Convertible Kayak, we were able to spend the afternoon free of other distractions while being on the water together. It gave me a sense of freedom that I hadn’t felt in months.
The high support, adjustable padded seat provided comfort for my back and the D-ring tie downs and deck lacing allowed me to bring a camera, water, and a few snacks; after all, there is no way I could go a full afternoon without having a bite to eat and lots of water. The only problem was, and if you are or ever were pregnant, I’m sure you already know what this is, I didn’t have anywhere to pee, which can be a serious issue during pregnancy. Luckily, we paddled for two full hours before I needed to return ashore for a bathroom break.
I was most surprised at the end of our adventure that I wasn’t wet at all. Maybe it was the calm waters of the marina, but I was impressed that we didn’t collect any water during the entire afternoon of paddling. It wasn’t like we were graceful getting in and out of the kayak either. This far along in the pregnancy, I don’t even know what it means to be graceful anymore, yet the only water that even came close to me was the constant splashing from Darren’s paddle. I couldn’t complain, though, since he was doing most of the work.
As my daughter grows, I’d like to have similar experiences with her and teach her the importance of working together. We’d like to make kayaking and other water sports about family, cooperation, and fun all within a physically active lifestyle and the Advanced Elements products and customer service are the perfect juxtaposition of those values.
I’m exhausted from a day of getting back on the water and paddling around the marina with my unbelievably supportive and loving husband, but it has brought an almost euphoric state. Even in the last weeks of pregnancy, we still have an untouchable bond and a passion for life. As the arrival day gets closer, I know that we can instill that same love for life in our daughter. It won’t be long now before she is the one paddling us around at Dana Point Marina or even out on the open waters.