Occasionally when the sun decides to peek out from behind the masses of Melbourne clouds, I can think of nothing better than strapping my beaten up kayak to my car roof and taking it down to the Lillydale Lake for a paddle.
Dipping my feet in the cool water as I glide along, watching the ducks bob and swim, weaving my way through the reeds circling the two islands, stopping for a bit of a doze; yep, it's one of my favourite pastimes.
As you can tell, I'm not what you'd call a hard-core kayaker. While white water and racing rapids are fun, kicking back on still water at the Lake is far more relaxing.
Lillydale Lake is spread over 28 hectares, and was originally built to prevent flooding of the township. Now it is one of the most popular areas in the east for water sports. With a boat ramp, and trailer parking available, the water is made easily accessible to boaters and kayakers.
And if you've only ever watched from the water's edge, thinking the sport is reserved for those willing to buy big and deck themselves out with the whole kayaking kit, think again.
There are a number of places in and around Melbourne that hire out kayaks and all of the accessories. At Anaconda, $45 for a full day will get you a two man kayak, PFDs, helmets and paddles.
Just grab one of your friends with roof racks or a ute, and load up for a day on the water. You'll wonder why you hadn't done it sooner.