Paddling Vacations

Paddling Vacations

Paddling Vacations

Smaller.jpgThese days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat.  Not financially and not logistically.  It requires money, planning, and time!  But it is totally worth it!  Times are changing and so are vacation options.  You don’t need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience.  Why not plan a vacation around kayaking?

Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks.  But, if you have your own, that is great!  There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all.  The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others don’t get to!  Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fantastic and unique vacation experience!  Kayak rentals are often inexpensive and allow for hours of fun.  If you already have your own boats, you don’t even need to worry!  Occasionally, there will be basic park or paddling fees, but for the most part, after you have the kayaks, paddling is a free experience!

While I advocate planning an entire trip around paddling, it isn’t necessary. A lot of major vacation destinations have kayaking available.  Almost all coastal areas have kayak rentals as do most major lakes.  One of the coolest experiences can be floating down a non-rapid river through the forest.  All these paddling excursions are great ways to view the area wildlife and see great views of the river banks, ocean beaches and lake shorelines.  You can swim, get a suntan and relax, all at the same time!

There are thousands of places to plan a paddling vacation, but here are just a few that I love personally!  A good old Google Search will do the trick if you want to look into other destinations.

Lake Powell, UT
Teton National Park
Pocono Mountains, PA
Islamorada, Florida (But really, anywhere along the coast of FLA is fantastic!)
Ocean City, MD
Ocean City, NJ
Bear Lake, UT
Columbia River Gorge, WA and OR  (This whole area is filled with amazing alpine lakes and rivers)
Great Lakes Region – Midwest (MI, MN, WI, IL)
Finger Lakes, NY

Always know your personal limits and be sure to check on the types of water conditions before you paddle.  Also check with local parks to see what the regulations are.  Don’t forget your lifejacket and sunscreen!

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Candace

Candace

Candace_Weaver0006w.jpgName- Candace


Position at Lifetime Products- Watersports Marketing Manager for Lifetime and Emotion brand kayaks

How long at Lifetime Products- Since January 2012!  I came as a packaged deal with the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks where I’d been for over a year.


Topics I blog about- Events and news in water sports, places to kayak, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

My favorite products from Lifetime- Any of the Kayaks and paddleboards.  One of these days I’ll get my hands on a Fold-up Trailer and a Camp and Tailgate Table!

On a Saturday afternoon you can find me- This question will always depend on the season!  When the weather outside is frightful, you can find me at one of the nearby ski resort enjoying the fresh snow and crisp air or snowshoeing through the mountains.  Once the sun is shinning and the birds are chirping, my Saturdays are spent outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking, paddle boarding or my most favorite activity of all, kayaking!  All while enjoying the company of good friends of course!

My favorite escape- Anything whitewater, whether it be kayaking or rafting.  A more relaxing escape would be taking my camera out into the wilderness to photograph everything from wildlife to serene landscapes.

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