I had a great time with my awesome friend D. and her family and enjoyed being back at the water for a little while. I prefer the sea, but really any kind of water makes me happy
We went out to Cricket’s for dinner on our first evening in Waco. The first Cricket’s is in Lubbock, TX and curiously the second one seems to be bigger and has a larger menu. They both have a crazy large selection of beers though! Very good.
On Saturday, we drove about a half an hour to get to Dick’s Place at the Brazos where we rented the kayaks and boarded a van which brought us up to Lake Whitney Dam. They told us that double kayaks are the hardest to flip, so we went with that choice. We also had a single kayak (which we actually managed to flip). At the last minute, we decided against a double canoe because they said that those are much more uncomfortable since you can’t lean against anything when you sit and that they are much less stable than kayaks. I’m glad we followed their advice! We had a great time in the kayaks and it wasn’t difficult at all. Since we went a little later in the day (around 11.30am), there was some current from the water that they periodically let through the dam. That made the trip much easier since we didn’t have to paddle the whole time. We stopped a few time at places along the river to stretch our legs and take a break. Overall, it took us a good five hours to drift back to Dick’s Place. But you could really get there much quicker if you paddled more. We let the current do most of the work for us It was a beautiful and relaxing day and I am so glad that I went! And we were so lucky with the weather! It was sunny, but not scorching hot and there was a little breeze at times. I really wouldn’t wanna do this during the summer! Since the trees on the side of the river only offer so much shade, you would be pretty much stuck in the hot sun all day long and I can’t imagine that to be a whole lot of fun. September/October and April/May would probably be the best months to go.
For dinner we went to Buzzard Billy’s, a restaurant in Waco at the river and had some fried seafood. Yumm! It’s a really nice place with a big patio overlooking the river. And since people keep feeding the turtles and catfish, there’s plenty to see as well.
Thanks for a great weekend, D.! I’ll be back next spring for more
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