Over a few drinks this weekend, a co-worker and I lamented the downsides of renting. Overall, we’re pretty happy. But we wish for a handful of things — central air and in-house, no-quarters-required laundry, to name two.
Oh, and a backyard.
So Saturday afternoon, we set out to escape the confines of our humid downtown apartments. Our mission: Head out to Shank’s Mare Outfitters in Wrightsville and spend a few hours kayaking on the Susquehanna.
We set out in a tandem kayak and, let’s be honest, mostly floated and tried to avoid flipping over when motorboats or jet skis rocked us in their wake. After a too-close incident with a dead fish and around the time I felt my porcelain skin begin to burn, we headed back in. We grabbed a few scoops of ice cream at the nearby cafe, laid out our towels in the shade (I reapplied sunscreen) and looked at clouds.
Maybe my only outdoor space is my fire escape. Maybe my apartment is 86 degrees. But as I floated along in our kayak on Saturday, it didn’t matter — I had made my own backyard.
It’s these adventures — discovering parts of York County that are so wildly different from the city — that make me appreciate our area.
Who says you can’t have it all?
Also of interest:
– Shank’s Mare paddle tours to feature Old Republic Distillery, Civil War history