When Mike and I had that first thought “we should start a kayak rental business and call it Adventure Mendota,” we were just so excited. Now, we’re still excited, but we’re definitely in the nuts and bolts part of starting a small business without a lot of financial investment.
The first purchase was the Fork Taxi. Translate “Mountain Empire Older Citizens”…you can barely see the decals. Don’t laugh. It hauls 11 and the mechanic said it’s been well maintained! It’s got a CD player and air conditioning. We’re old but we still can rock!
So we can haul those kaykers around, but we had to find something to haul the kayaks, too! Kayak trailers run between $2500 and $3500. Gasp! That’s not in our budget. We’re going a different route. Mike and Gerald bought an old boat frame from Craig’s list. They modified it a little bit, and drew very specific plans so that it will easily hold 12 Old Town Twister Sit-On Top Kayaks. Oh…these babies are so sweet.
Here’s how our future kayak trailer looked before it pulled out this morning. Pretty humble. But that’s today. By the way, that hooded character is Michael and that is our beloved, very old dog, Luckie. I so wish she was younger. She would love riding on the Fork Taxi and meeting you, but at 15 1/2 and very arthritic, she will not be with us much longer.
That picture was taken in Mike’s Shop which will be Base Camp for Adventure Mendota, but the boat is not there tonight. She’s gone to school to learn how to be a kayak trailer. With materials we’ve purchased and the skills of the Scott County Vocational School, she’ll come back to Mendota in a few weeks looking totally different.
And, of course, I’ll share that with you.
For now, thank you for reading Adventure Mendota’s River Blog. And remember…we want you to Float the Fork with us in 2015!