We made it to the water and took everything off (easy part) and carried the kayaks to the boat ramp. We kayaked for about 60 minutes as she had other plans to get ready for and it was our first time and we didn't want to over do it. It was so relaxing, and I made sure we took a moment to just stop and enjoy the view, the air and the experience. To relax and clear our heads. When we got back to the car, it only took 15 minutes to secure the kayaks to the roof and get everything in the car and start the engine. I knew the first time would take the longest and it would get easier after I've done it a few times.
Even with the experience of having a helping hand today - I know I can't raise the kayak onto the roof alone at this point - maybe at the end of the summer when I develop arm muscles from all the paddling. So I'll probably keep one kayak in the water and one at home, so if someone wants to go with me, they'll help getting it onto the roof. I might also take a class with L.L. Bean to improve my paddling efficiency.
I can't wait to get out there more - enjoy the sun, the fresh air, the weather and the relaxed feeling.