when some on this board try to steer everyone toward an "expedition" kayak, when 90% of the market doesn't want or need that. Nebraska ain't exactly sea-kayaking country... you can eventually step up to that sort of boat (even just rent one) if you someday want to venture into bigger waters.
The Pungo is a fine choice for leisurely day paddling. it's comfortable, stable, and easy to get in and out; and unlike some entry-level rec boats, you won't tire of it after three trips. Plenty of room for lunch and day gear and a fishing rod, even a little cooler between your legs. It'll portage fine with two people, or you can even try carrying it overhead (as you would a canoe of similar dimensions). If weight is a factor, consider the ultralite model (and note, the 140 model offers more features but is quite a bit heavier). Ideally you can demo one on the water and decide if it's the boat for you.
As a matter of fact, Evan & Hilary of "Pure ADK" paddle Pungo 120's all around the Adirondacks and have gotten some fine day trips out of them.
Cartop Kayak Carriers
Wall Mount Boat Racks
Touring Kayak Paddles
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