Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hobie Mirage Revolution Demo

This is by no means a thorough review of the Hobie Revolution, just sharing my thoughts about my demo experience. Hobie has a great reputation of building fabulous boats and I admire many of the models they offer.

My daughter and I set off for Big Break to do some paddling when we discovered a local kayak shop offering free Hobie demos today.  We decided to try out the Revolution. Amanda tried out the Revolution 11 while I tried out the Revolution 13.  Both boats were equipped with Hobie's MirageDrive which I was anxious to try. I've seen many on the water and thought to myself how nice it would be to free your hands up while fishing.

We boarded our demo boats and set off towards some open water.  Amanda was off like a bullet while I was having trouble getting comfortable using the pedals. If I had known how to adjust the pedals I would have tried to give my legs a little more room. I made do with what I had and eventually unhooked the paddle and used it instead.  For me, the pedals bothered my knees and lower back, so I've decided I much prefer paddling. Meanwhile, Amanda was off zipping around, rather quickly I might add, and really taking to the MirageDrive. Seeking her opinion after our demo, she told me that the Hobie with the MirageDrive would be her kayak of choice.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Oxbow Marina

I had a wonderful paddle today with a small group of kayakers from the Lodi Paddle Club. We met at Oxbow Marina for an early morning paddle to beat the heat. The marina is located in Isleton just north of Highway 12 on Georgiana Slough. The marina itself is very nice and offers many amenities. There's a small store and Joe's BBQ on weekends that offers burgers, hot dogs and polish sausage from 12:00-2:30. There is a small launch ramp but I would call the marina itself as to whether it's open to the public as this was an organized paddle so there was no fee today. It's my understanding that there will be another organized paddle on August 25.  Check Lodi Paddle Club for more info to see if this paddle is posted.

We set off at about 9:30 a.m. and headed north toward Tyler Island bridge.  Along the way we admired the the gorgeous yachts and pretty homes nestled along the shore. We paddled against a gentle current for about three miles before turning around.  On the way back we stopped just south of the bridge to watch a beautiful sailboat pass by and witness the bridge turn to make the sailboats passage possible. This part of Georgiana slough is great for paddlers because there is a 5 mph no wake zone so there is no need to worry about speedboats.

We arrived back at the marina by noon and after loading our boats on our vehicles we enjoyed lunch at Joe's BBQ. Great day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bullards Bar

Bullards Bar is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 40 miles northeast of Marysville and 30 miles northeast of Grass Valley. It has 55 miles of shoreline to explore and it was recently listed as one of the top 100 bass lakes in the U.S. by Bassmaster Magazine.

The lake itself is absolutely gorgeous with its emerald colored water that makes me think I'm in a tropical paradise. The lake is well known for houseboating and you can check out Emerald Cove Marina to get more info. It's quite large at 4700 surface acres.  There is camping available at Schoolhouse campground and also boat in only sites.  You may purchase your camping permit from Emerald Cove Marina.

Dark Day boat ramp

There are two boat ramps available. One at Emerald Cove Marina and the other on Dark Day Road. Access to the lake and day use area are free. The best place to launch your kayak is at the Dark Day area. The ramp is extremely busy on a hot summer day but there is plenty of room for all to be happy. There are restrooms available at the ramp and at the day use area not far from the ramp, though the best restrooms are actually floating on the lake itself!

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We visited Bullards Bar three times while camping in Oregon House, to kayak and swim.  The day use area is good size with a little bit of shade available along the shore.  The beach area is made up of thick clay, not much sand but the water is warm. If you visit make sure and bring lots of water and snacks as there are no concessions or store nearby.

We'll definitely make it a point to return to Bullards Bar!  Maybe even do a kayak camping trip.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gone Fishing/Camping

I haven't posted anything lately because I've been camping with my family.
We spent nearly three weeks at Lake of the Springs in Oregon House California.  We had a blast!  I was blessed to be able to kayak everyday! I even caught my first fish from my kayak - a smallmouth bass.  After 18 days I only caught 4 bass but it sure was fun. I'll be writing a review of Bullards Bar in the next couple of days which is an absolutely gorgeous lake to kayak on.

I can't believe how fast summer is flying by! I'll hopefully be able to get out and do more exploring of the Delta soon.