During a paddle back in the '80s with Chuck Sutherland, the Johnny Appleseed, the Pied Piper of Mid-Atlantic coastal kayaking, he asked me whether I was keeping a log of my trips. I was beginning my infatuation with area day-tripping--it was maybe my twentieth outing--and I answered "no"--it had not until then ever entered my mind to write down any notes on the trips I'd made. Chuck, then the editor of ANorAK, the Journal of the Association of North Atlantic Kayakers, made no reply, but I immediately took his implied suggestion to heart, and have been ever glad I did. Those first twenty or so trips were still very fresh in my mind, so it was easy to jot down a brief outline/paragraph of the day's weather, sea conditions, wildlife, itinerary, companions (as appropriate), and whatever else seemed noteworthy. I've found, by keeping a log, that one can multiply one's enjoyment of any given journey--first is the pleasure of trip itself, then comes reliving it while writing it down, then again reliving and re-enjoying it every time one browses back through the log. I recommend this practice whole-heartedly to anyone who finds that coastal kayaking is a very important part of the well-lived life.