Went out to Venice today for a paddle. Just as we were tempering the boats, a lifeguard ran up and told us "no inflatables." WTF? Said it was the rule, had to put in at the Marina, unless we could convince his supervisor otherwise. Talked to the Captain, a relatively reasonable guy, who ok'd us to go out, on the handshake promise that we wouldn't sue the County if we hurt ourselves. He did however, prohibit us from playing in the surf, said we had to go out and just paddle past the breakers. Ended up being an ok paddle, but frankly, we were there to play in the surf. Bummer!
Now what? Need to find a beach sans lifeguards... and make some time to get up to Kern River or some Sierra lakes...
Anyway, if anyone wants to get together for some rafting, let me know. I also have a excellent condition Yukon Yak that I'll be putting up for sale shortly, decided the Alapaca is a better fit. Let me know if you want to come by and check it out.