5 Reasons to Kayak This Summer

Kayaking is a great way to spend time outdoors and relax during these long summer days. If you’re new to kayaking, or need some motivation to hit the water, check out my top 5 reasons to kayak this summer.

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1. It’s pretty easy for beginners.

If you choose a slow-moving creek or lake, kayaking isn’t too difficult for an inexperienced person. This is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. Unlike some outdoor activities that have really challenged me (such as mountain biking or trail running), kayaking is pretty straightforward. I don’t mind being challenged, but it can be nice to jump into an outdoor sport that’s relaxing from the very beginning!

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A kayak selfie from last summer. Yes, I’m wearing a life jacket because I’m pretty accident-prone.

2. It can give you a unique view of nature.

When you’re on the water, you can get a view of nature you wouldn’t otherwise see. Water brings many animals together and it’s often a hotbed of activity for birds, bears, turtles, snakes, deer and more. Depending on the creek or river you’re kayaking, you can paddle through some pretty pristine and remote stretches of water. Animals who are usually too scared of people may appear in these quieter waterways. I will always remember when I saw a beautiful bald eagle fly right out in front of me during a particularly quiet stretch of river.

3. You can stop, refresh and picnic at any time.

If you’re ready to take a break, simply pull the kayak over and explore the land for a bit. It’s very nice to rest and recharge for a few minutes. Kayaking is a great sport for packing a picnic lunch and making the adventure an all-day affair.

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4. It’s not overwhelming exercise, but it’s still exercise!

Unlike some more physically demanding hobbies that leave you satisfied but totally exhausted, kayaking is a perfect mix of relaxation (beer on the river, anyone?) and activity. If you’re looking for a day off from the gym, but still want to be moderately active, kayaking could be the middle-ground that you’re looking for. (In the above photo, Alan is posing in his kayak last summer.)

5. Kayaking is relatively affordable, especially if you own a kayak.

In many parks and waterways around the United States, there’s no fee to kayak. If you don’t have your own equipment, renting does cost a fee, but it’s usually affordable. Also, I’ve found it can be worth it to pay for a “pick up” service to transport you and your kayak back upstream when you’re finished for the day! Otherwise, you’ll have to plan ahead and have a car waiting downstream.

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You just can’t beat that view! Why do you love kayaking? Let me know in the comments below!

June’s Weekend Challenges

Hi everyone! The weekend is almost here. I am looking forward to enjoying the weather and visiting with friends.

While you’re out this weekend, I have two quick challenges for you to try. I will be trying them myself. I believe living a more eco-friendly lifestyle starts with small steps and everyone can contribute something. Are you up for the challenge?

Drinks

Skip the Straw

If you’re enjoying a summer cocktail this weekend (like these beautiful lemonades), ask the bartender to skip the plastic straw and sip from the glass instead. Bring a reusable straw if you have one, or maybe order a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. See if you can go the entire weekend without using a disposable straw. It’s a very small change that will make a big difference.

Unplug Electronic Devices

Many people are traveling out of town this weekend. Before you go, do a sweep of your home (or office) and unplug any electronic devices that you aren’t using. These could be phone chargers, microwaves, electronic air fresheners, etc. According to 1 Million Women, an Australian anti-climate-change movement, if every home in the United States unplugged devices when they’re not being used, it could save 8 billion dollars, and 44 million tons of carbon pollution, every year.

Well, there are the challenges! Two quick and easy things to try this weekend. I’ll be trying them as well. It’s these small steps, multiplied by many people, that can make a big impact.

Have a wonderful weekend!