Our region offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, and every year I make an attempt at a new outdoor activity…Summer 2016 was no exception.
A friend invited me to try kayaking, and WOW — what an amazing experience!
Our adventure began at a public boat launch on South Sandy Creek in Ellisburg, with me wobbling into a small kayak. It was perfect for a novice like me because it was light and easy to handle. Once I was safely seated, I received a brief instruction session that covered paddling, turning and most importantly kayak safety.
After slowly and carefully using my paddle to push off from shore, I began paddling at a leisurely pace. The calm, winding creek flows through the surrounding Lakeview Wildlife Management Area and empties into Lake Ontario for about a 3-mile round trip paddle.
Although it was a new physical activity, it was very relaxing. I was able to enjoy and appreciate the natural surroundings while I conversed with the other kayakers. I certainly enjoyed going with a group, but kayaking is something that you can do by yourself and could be quite meditative.
Growing up in the Southwest, outdoor water sports opportunities were very limited. I enjoyed my kayaking experience so much that I am now the proud owner of kayaking gear. I cannot wait until I can load that on my car and head off for some more kayaking adventures.
I highly recommend every one try it at least once. If you’re looking for a good overview of kayaking basics, click here. If you decide to take the plunge and purchase gear, I found this website to be quite helpful.
Until next time – happy paddling!
Make it Happen:
Looking to take your own kayak trip and explore a new place? Here’s where I went: