My Kayak SANK in the Swamp


Capsized Kayak SmallSpoiler Alert — I was not eaten by alligators!

Building our Kayak Fleet — My husband and I love kayaking so much we decided to add to our kayak collection so friends could go kayaking with us.   Friday we came across a great deal on a used Pelican sit on top kayak, so we bought it.  We tried it out briefly on a calm lake, and it was ok…. so we headed down to Caddo River for more fun with it the next day…

Kayaking Up River with Problems — It was a beautiful day on the Caddo!  The river current was pretty strong as we paddled upstream to calmer water.  I had a hard time with the boat as it was not tracking well (going in a straight line.)  Whew!

When we finally made it to the calmer waters of the kayak trail I was pretty tired.  My husband in his kayak was barely breaking a sweat.  Our new kayak was proving much more difficult to paddle than our Old Town Kayaks.  (I was ready to sale the Pelican then.)

Sinking in the Swamp!  We glided calmly through the majestic Cypress Swamp.  It was beautiful!  All was wonderful until my husband made the observation that my boat was filling with water.  I was not worried at first, because sit on top kayaks do get a little water in them.  But when the kayak began to sit lower and lower in the water as more water filled the boat, I paid a little more attention to the situation.

What about the Gators?  My kayak became very very tippy — one wrong move, and I would have been swimming in the swamp.  Up to this point I was not worried at all about gators or snakes or anything like that — but my situation “got me to thinking” about them a bit.

LAND!  Where are you?  What I most needed now was LAND!  And — there was none around… OH MY!  There were plenty of trees to scale, and I could probably climb into my husband’s boat.  I was not worried about drowning —I had on a life jacket— I just didn’t want to get my camera wet — AND — It was just the thought of the unknown below my boat that bothered me — a bit…

Land ho!  So —- I paddled — pretty quickly — back the way we came and finally spotted a wonderful thing — LAND!  Whew!  By the time we reached the land most of  my kayak was submerged and I was hip deep in water — while sitting in the boat.  BOY WAS I GLAD TO SEE LAND!

My husband helped me get ashore and emptied half of the river out of my kayak.  The enclosed portion of the kayak was completely filled with water…  We emptied the water, and I continued the trip – We kept the land in sight on our way back…

The kayak did get more water in it later, but not as quickly as before.  We adjusted the boat plug and that helped some.

I did not get eaten by an alligator!   So — I finished the trip without getting eaten by an alligator — LOL!  I didn’t spot any gators on this trip so I think they might have still been asleep….

The end of the Pelican –  My husband looked the kayak over very well when we got home and discovered where the boat was coming apart and allowing the water to come in. We were able to return the kayak to its previous owner.  Whew!  We do not plan to buy another Pelican Kayak — We are still on the lookout for more kayaks to add to our collection. :)

Isaiah 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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2 Responses to My Kayak SANK in the Swamp

  1. Rayomarine says:

    That was a cool and pretty adventure!:D Keep it up. Anyway, pretty cool post. Have a nice day!

    • Kim Jones says:

      Yes! It was a cool adventure! We have since purchased more kayaks. We were able to take this one back and have enjoyed more adventures since then — and with no more sinking kayaks — yet. :) Thanks for your comment!

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