I’d just as soon live somewhere else, but when my wife and I are both retired, I think the most we can hope for in terms of common ground is a move from the east coast (Atlanta) to the PNW. I know it is a bit of a kayaking mecca but what I mostly like is poking around in salt marshes and protected bays and estuaries, watching birds, relaxing in my boat after a long day on the water and sipping coffee…that sort of thing. I see lots of videos of PNW kayakers doing more energetic paddling (the kind you probably shouldn’t be doing on solo outings), playing in surf or crazy tidal currents, or washing in and out of coastal caves and stuff. As I will have a lot of freedom to live where I want, if I live in that part of the country at all, I am wondering if any one here has some specific thoughts on places to live that have the kind of paddling I like nearby. For example, parts of the Columbia River close to the coast or some of the protected bays near Seattle. I like sun (my wife likes gray skies oddly enough), so I know I’m SOL on that front, but I was thinking that the San Juan Islands get a bit more sun than other areas. However, that seems like lots of open water paddling that requires a lot of planning vis-a-vis tidal fluxes and so on. But maybe I overstate it. I just know I have found paddling along the open coast a bit boring (and infrequently a bit scary).
I would be especially interested in hearing from anyone who started kayaking on the east coast and then moved to the PNW, and what you thought of the transition.
Thanks a bunch