Seattle Raft and Kayak hosted a paddle to see The Christmas Ship tonight and listen to the Vivace! Cathedrals Choir. SRK has been in business for at least a couple years, but I didn't find out about them until they hosted the Deception Pass Dash the other weekend. Their shop is in a convenient location on Lake Washington with lots of storage and parking space, but a little difficult to find unless you know exactly where to look. Now I know where to get a decent helmet. Another cool thing: their resident kayak builder Pete makes Pygmy kayaks to order. It's about time someone tried making some money doing that! One word of advice, Pete: skin-on-frame boats go together much faster and I understand the profit margin is bigger too.
The Christmas Ship has been a tradition in my own neighborhood, but I've never watched the concert on the water before. People gather on the Dash Point beach and set their folding chairs up around a bonfire. We don't get nearly as many boats following The Christmas Ship as they do on Lake Washington. Tonight there was a big parade of lighted ships. It stopped where a crowd was gathered at O. O. Denny Park. Our little group of ten kayaks harrassed the drunken boaters on the power yachts for free beer (I scored a can of Bud Light). We rafted up and passed around a flask, then weaved around the boats during the concert. How could I even think of passing this up to do some last minute Christmas shopping? What a beautiful night!