It’s summertime, and it’s hot. And today, it’s rainy. To beat the heat or embrace the rain, consider spending the day on the water kayaking or canoeing.
Late last month, I went on a 12-mile paddling trip on the Shenandoah River with Shenandoah River Outfitters. I had a great experience tackling the small but fun rapids, gliding past the cows cooling off in the water, and watching blue herons skim the surface for an afternoon snack. From the riverside picnic to the serenity of being out on the water, it was a great time.
That day, I decided to kayak; however, Shenandoah River Outfitters rents canoes too. The trip, though, made me curious. I know kayaking and canoes are different types of light-weight boats. But do you ever wonder the specific differences between kayaks and canoes? Wonder no longer. We have the answers!
|Use a double-bladded paddle||Use a one bladded paddle|
|Sit with legs out in front||Legs are in a sitting or kneeling position|
|Tend to have a closed deck||Tend to have an open deck|
|Faster, more agile||Stable, roomier|
Wonderopolis, a question/answer type website, gave a great car analogy for kayaks and canoes:
“Kayaks…are more like sports cars. They can carry fewer passengers and supplies. Their sleek designs tend to make them faster and better for use in competitive water sports, such as racing and slipping through whitewater rapids.
“Canoes tend to be like the sport-utility vehicles of the recreational boating world. They can carry more people and supplies, making them more ideal for families to use for leisurely paddles around calm lakes.” No matter which type of boat floats your boat, kayaking or canoeing is a great way to spend a hot summer day and get a great upper-body workout…at the SAME time.
Don’t have a kayak or canoe to call your own? Click here for a list of outfitters. They help with renting and with transport.
Maybe want to buy a kayak or canoe? Consider traveling to Rockfish Gap Outfitters in Waynesboro, VA. It’s a great locally-owned outdoors store and one of my favorite retail shops in the area.
So you have a kayak or canoe and need somewhere to drop in. Click here for a list of Rockingham County public boat landings. According to my research, there are no Augusta County public boat landings.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert paddler, spending a day (or even just an hour or two) on the river or lake is a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful setting in which we live.