Backstop, That patio looks great! That kind of work is AZZ-BUSTING! Two years ago, I put in a similar paver patio with two paver staircases out to the backyard, and four terraced, raised garden beds. It's incredible how a hand dug hole in the ground absorbs a pickup truck load of crushed stone. It's brutal doing it with a shovel and 5-gallon buckets. You deserve a case or three of your favorite suds.
AAA, those are some badass looking kayaks. That's some fine work you did there.
and you're right, it's amazing how much crushed stone you need building a footer. I only made my footer 4 inches deep, because it won't have vehicles on it, and it seemed to take forever.
as far as suds are concerned, I probably drank a case or 3 while i built the damn thing!!