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A few weekends ago, Austin and I decided to stay a little closer to home for our adventure date. We are blessed to live in a city literally surrounded by lakes, so we decided to spend our Sunday afternoon soaking up some sun on Lake Ouachita.
We took a tandem kayak out to a small island, ate lunch, hammocked and swam for a while before coming back. Austin used to work at the Lake Ouachita State Park Marina, so we were able to kayak for free. Renting a tandem kayak for four hours is only $20, though, so it wouldn't be a large expense. We had sandwiches, fruit and gummies: the lunch of champions, as I like to call it.
This date was so relaxing. The lake is home to more than 100 uninhabited islands (some of those are currently under water thanks to the over abundance of recent rain), so we had one of the islands to ourselves. There was enough of a breeze to keep us cool, and hammocking together is always perfect for talking and goofing off.
Lake Ouachita is, in my opinion, the cleanest lake in our area. It’s never too busy because it is so huge, and there are an abundance of activities to do while on the lake. Each marina has their own beach and rental equipment, and there are trails and other, non-aquatic activities for those who love the scenery, but aren’t too fond of the water.
For the love of all things, bring sunscreen. I am Filipino, and therefore underestimated the power of partly cloudy skies. The tops of my shoulders ended up a little singed. Austin’s farmer’s tan also gained a new appreciation for SPF. Ironically, we brought sunscreen ... we just didn’t use it. There is college-kid-logic for you.
If you read my first adventure date post, you know I recommended not wearing Chacos to hike Pinnacle. I still stand by that tidbit of advice. However, I most certainly recommend wearing Chacos to the lake. For one, the tan lines will rock your world. Also, flip-flops get slippery when wet, whereas Chacos stay in place. Mine were in desperate need of a bath, so I wore my super comfy Nike flip-flops. The regret was real, and I will leave it at that.
You get wet in a kayak, so wear a swimsuit. I was under some wild notion that kayaks, like any other mode of above-water transportation, would prevent us from getting wet. Once again, I was wrong. I planned to swim and had a swimsuit on, but just a warning for those of you who may have had the same idea as I did initially.
While on the subject of kayaking, make sure to pick a spot a little closer to the marina. There are safe cliffs to jump from, as well as a few islands that are within a 15-minute range of the marina, and I would suggest staying in that general vicinity. Kayaking across the lake sounds fun, but actually isn't.
Lastly, always stay safe. Kayaking is super fun, but remember there are other boaters out there. Kayaks are on the losing end of the boat food chain, so always watch out for other boaters who may not see you. In a fight against a party barge or sailboat, your cute little kayak will lose. Stay as far away from other boaters as possible, and wear your life jacket if you aren’t confident in your swimming skills.
This was such an amazing, relaxing day with my best friend. All together, this was an awesome date. It was super fun, while having a splash of romance (cuddling in hammocks on secluded islands can have that effect). Plus, it’s close to home and a place we can revisit for different activities.
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