Everyone's Travel Club took a little trip in Seattle's local lakes - paddling from the Center for Wooden boats on Lake Union to the Leschi marina on Lake Washington. The trip took about 2.5 hours (oneway) via inflatable kayak with my typical pace of paddle, take picture, paddle, take picture, etc.
This route passes by some great boats and gives you awesome city views. You're also paddling where natives have for centuries - what we call the cut (between the two lakes) used to be called something to the effect of "carry a canoe" (due to the fact that water wasn't always flowing between the two lakes, only when Lake Washington overflowed).
I guess the bad part of the trip was parking, or lack of free parking except Sundays near the Center on Lake Union, and also, I don't think the Center for Wooden Boats technically has a kayak boat launch...I went a little rogue and launched quick off one of their docks (nobody seemed to mind). Does anyone know of a good spot to launch around there? [update from 2011 - there's a great launch on the South side of the lake in the new park]
Coming through the Montlake Cut.
Arriving at the Arboretum...
Boom, done. Leschi Marina on Lake Washington - made it.
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