Thanks for the great suggestions. My boat has the built in pump but I forgot to pick up a sponge.
I hope you were joking with the stream and whitewater comments. I owned sportcars for many years here in the southwest and I didn't go off-roading with them, just as I won't be taking the Nordkapp through rapids or down any streams.
You highlighted Blue Mesa which is the kind of place I'll be going with this boat and I already mentioned Lake Powell and the 100+ miles of Class I water on the Green River as a couple of my target destinations once I have the handling and self rescue down. 16,000 acre Navajo Res is within an hour of me and is the largest body of water accessible in Colorado. Also 4,500 acre McPhee Res is within a couple of hours.
It's after I play around on the flat water nearby that I plan to look toward coastal training opportunities and a few nice trips to Alaska and beyond.
I'm an avid remote wilderness backpacker and have toured the world by bicycle. I have more camping gear than I know what to do with. 6 shelters, 3 backpacker stoves and 5 different sleeping pads. Some of this is due to the fact that I worked on a high altitude SAR team for a number of years. That said, I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to kayaking. Just about everything really. I'll look into that video.
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