Ross Lake - Cat Island Dock

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Comments (17)

a3a35919 on October 2, 2009

Lots of room for you? I'm 6'1" so need lots of leg room. Having both knees ortho'd next month. So just gonna look for now and see, there are lots to choose from, and used as you say is an option.

Bryan Bredberg on October 2, 2009

Oh, yeah, plenty of room and a big cockpit, so easy to get in. I'm 6'1" as well. Actually all they kayaks I've been in have had plenty of leg room, but some of them have small cockpits. The first one we bought (from a neighbor on Marrowstone Island) has a very small opening and it's quite tippy, so it's a bit of challenge for me to get in and out. The double in this photo is very solid, but rather heavy for a fiberglass (the rotomolds are even heavier).

Some of the coolest ones I've seen are the wood layups, like the Pygmy boats made in Port Townsend. Very light and (I'm told) very tough, and very nice looking ... but not cheap -- even if you buy them as kits and build them yourself.


scml on October 3, 2009

Very nice kayak Bryan...looks a lovely shape...

All the best from Sandy ;)

Bryan Bredberg on October 14, 2009

Thanks Sandy. Yes, I love that kayak. It's very comfortable for a longer trip and very stable. That came in handy on this particular trip because the weather turned very nasty and we had to go back (about 15 miles) in very rough conditions. My wife and my younger son (11 at the time) had no problem with the kayak. The canoe, with my older son and I, was rather dicey.


scml on October 14, 2009

:) They do seem to handle rough conditions good some times...if the wind is right ;)

Sounds like an exciting trip...was it on this lake you went as it looks like a stunning place to explore...

All the best from sandy ;)

Bryan Bredberg on October 24, 2009

Sandy, yes, it was on this lake. I've done a couple of multi-day trips on this lake. It's a wonderful place. Part of the North Cascades National Park. You have to camp in designated sites on the lake, but the sites are great, with leveled tent pads, vault toilets, picnic tables, bear boxes, and often docks (as in this picture).

scml on October 24, 2009

That sounds really good...except for the mention of bear boxes...I take it that means somewhere safe to go if one turns up at the tent flap :)

And they say we have deadly critters over here...not nearly haha

Would be great to kayak over there though...the scenery is really stunning...

See ya Bryan and all the best from Sandy ;)

Bryan Bredberg on October 27, 2009

I know there are bears out there, but in all the years I've been camping in these mountains, I've never seen one. On a different trip on this lake about 5 years ago, one member of our party did see a black bear.

The main advantage of the bear boxes (especially if backpacking) is that, without them, the rangers make you carry bear barrels (they look like small plastic kegs) to keep your food in. Plus, the bear boxes here were huge, so you could store all your gear in them in case of rain or to keep other critters out -- I've never had a bear get into my food, but I've had plenty of squirrels and chipmunks and mice and birds ...

Regards, Bryan

Rolando Zerpp on April 1, 2010

Is your family?

Bryan Bredberg on April 1, 2010

Yes, Rolando, it is. My wife and my 2 boys. My kayak too, but the canoe on the right was a rental :}

Regards, Bryan

◄Pist@bácsi► on April 13, 2010

Beautiful place. Is the water intense cold there?

Regards, István

Bryan Bredberg on April 13, 2010

Thanks Istvan. No, the water is actually very pleasant. In fact, my family (in the photo) had been swimming much of the day. Both times I've been on the lake were in early August, though. I suspect it would be cold earlier in the summer.

Regards, Bryan

udo55 on May 18, 2010

Hello mysterybay!

Bryan, it's a lovely scene with great landscape! Enjoy your family and holidays!

Very nice photo!

Best wishes from China-Germany, Udo

Bryan Bredberg on May 19, 2010

Thank you very much Udo!

Regards, Bryan

Cindy Breen on September 13, 2011

Nice picture and place Bryan


Enjoy your day...Marion

Bryan Bredberg on September 22, 2011

Thank you Marion!

Enjoy your day as well!

Cheers, Bryan

:-)Fiala(-: on November 21, 2011

Super photo YS from galery!!!

Greetings fiala

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  • Uploaded on July 25, 2008
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    by Bryan Bredberg
    • Camera: Minolta Co., Ltd. DiMAGE F100
    • Taken on 2006/08/26 03:20:49
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