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.
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