I finally got on the water.
My plan was to go to a local pond and get the feel of it. There is a really nice lake with a dock and ramps that rents kayaks in summer. It is really well maintained and clean with lots of parking. Unless there is some sort of event. Then there is no parking.
So plan B is to go to the big lake and use the sandy beech . There is a dam and the water is pretty still and it is a nice huge lake. It cost money to get in. I did not bring any cash.
So plan C , I went to the city park and used the boat ramp there. It is great with lots of nice parking. Perfect way to get started. Paddle upstream in the Iowa river.
I spent over an hour paddling from Iowa city to Coarlville . It was really nice. After figuring out how to stear and feather my paddle I made great progress. Tiring but very enjoyable. Once I got to the dam I relaxed and pulled over at a sandy beach.
After a relaxing sip of water I drifted back to Iowa city. I felt like I was sitting still but the shore was moving . The current was pretty strong. The logs that stick out of the water show the actual water speed. It was great to just relax and drift along. Living the dream.