Am I already out to pasture?
Hard to tell with the lid and grins, but I don't see many yakers with much gray on the head. Have only been following the Buzz for a few years, and it appears at some point the thoroughbred is put out to pasture and buys a raft, for the family, of course. Seasoned yakers make for pro rafters.
I didn't get into boating until I already had the grays working, and started with a 16' cat. Lots of forgiveness built into that much rubber. Given I live on the Front Range, my seasons are short and not as accessible as a newbie would like. I'm at the point where a kayak is looking pretty appealing. The season is quite a bit longer and closer.
A river kayak looks very appealing right now, with the snowpack and flows diminishing, and La Nina setting up for a minimal runoff next year. I'm already jonesing for the runoff that might not be next year, and looking for a way to get on the water more frequently.
Do any of you yakers-turned-rafters have any input on when it's too late to get into the hardshell game? I'm having a good time now, I'm just jonesing for the next line...