A Morning Paddle From Key Bridge

After getting the disappointing news on Saturday morning that our summer vacation would have to be cancelled, Steve and I were very much in need of some fun and a nature release.  Fortunately, we had reservations to rent kayaks in D.C. on Sunday morning.  So after breakfast, we threw on our watershoes, grabbed our paddles and our favorite kayaking hats, and headed for Key Bridge Boathouse, on the waterfront in Georgetown.

We’ve never paddled from Key Bridge before – it’s on a slightly busier, choppier section of the Potomac and we have always been looking for something quieter and gentler for the little duffers.  With Peanut and Nugget on their extended disco grandparent vacation, it seemed like a good time to check a less kid-friendly boathouse off our list (and also, Fletcher’s Cove, our favorite, had no boats available, so there was that too).  We arrived early for our 9:30 time slot and checked in, then waited patiently for our turn to head down to the dock and shove off.

Finally in the water!

About those kayaking hats?  Clearly I wore my Channel Islands Adventure Co. trucker hat, which I bought after our epic sea cave kayaking adventure.

Steve, meanwhile, was gleefully sporting what I call his “expedition hat.”  He bought it for our trip to the San Juans last year and insisted on wearing it every day.  Whatever makes you happy, big guy.

Anyway!  Hats firmly secured, we headed upriver toward Fletcher’s.  It was a bluebird day and the views from the water were gorgeous.  (Adding the Potomac Boat Club to my list of places to paddle from someday.  Check out that beautiful waterfront!)  We cruised upriver, waving to other kayakers and SUP’ers, and looking up at Georgetown University on its hill above the water.  It was a beautiful view, but… GW FOR LYFE, GO COLONIALS.

I didn’t take many pictures as we worked our way upriver, because we were fighting the tide, the current and the wind – it was a workout.  We finally made it to the border with Fletcher’s portion of the river and stopped to float around a little, check out the birds (we saw great blue herons and cormorants) and take in the views before heading back downriver to return our kayaks.

Love those downriver views!  Seeing the Washington Monument from the water never gets old.


Such a fun morning on the water.  It definitely reinforced for Steve and me that our next big outdoor gear purchase is going to be new kayaks.  Renting them is great, but not always convenient – we’ve often contended with closed boathouses in past seasons, and now due to COVID-19 we have to reserve in advance and the time slots are selling out the second they become available.  Plus, we got used to paddling sleek touring kayaks in the PNW last year, and the heavy sit-on-top recreational kayaks are just not cutting it for us these days.  Our fifteenth anniversary is coming up this summer (!!!) and we’ve been discussing buying new kayaks as our gift to each other in celebration of that milestone.  I think we’re both stoked to have a little more freedom on the water.  Now I need to find a dealer that actually has some in stock – harder than it sounds, these days.  I’m delighted that everyone and their dog has suddenly discovered paddlesports, but could y’all maybe leave me a Current Designs Solstice?  Would be great, thanks.

Well, rentals on the Potomac will work until then.  And in the meantime, we’re heading to New York pretty soon to pick up the duffers, so maybe I’ll have some Adirondack paddling pictures to share with you before too long.

Have you been getting out on the water this summer?

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