Kayak camp

Kayak camp

After cold and rainy start kayak camp is off to a really good day. Fossil hunting and inukshuk  building and general boat play is being enjoyed by our six campers. What a hoot to be with adventurous kids​!


We even got a roll in

We even got a roll in!


Kids programs 

Kids programs 

We have been busy with Overland Adventures and Apogee a Adventures taking their intrepid trippers for some site seeing and cool refreshing splashing as they take a break from biking the length of Vermont. The kids are game for games and capsizes and we are always amazed at how easily it all comes to them.  

The Apogee and Overland kids are always  tight knit, enthusiastic,kind and ready for anything. 

Let the season begin

Let the season begin

A spectacular first trip with VBT. Chip and Bill arranged a fantastic group to paddle from Button Bay out to explore the Palisades of Lake Champlain. Despite a late start, and some minor equipment glitches, we all had a great time discussing the nature and natural history of this amazing section of lake. Thanks to Google Photo for the first enhanced image.

The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

Complacency on Lake Champlain can prove to be very dangerous to  folks that paddle with the mindset that “Its only a lake”. This weekend I spent several hours coaching a group home after the leaders checked in with a weather update.  The trip leaders were well prepared, competent paddlers, and had group safety in mind. When they looked at the conditions  they decided some extra help was in order.  I was happy to help out.

Evidence of their thinking was apparent after they checked the radar and wind reports.  Had this been folks trained to a lesser degree I believe that a situation would have evolved that could have had serious ramifications.


Check out the conditions here

 


Pictures of the happy paddlers

Windy day for the last Apogee trip

Windy day for the last Apogee trip

A large crew set out in doubles on a windy day to enjoy Coolwater an amazing times on a very very hot and windy day the kids were awesome, though the GORP left something to be desired we all decided. It was a fantastic final trip with Apogee Adventures in the trip leaders were exceptional.  

Past the Apogee

Past the Apogee

It is sad to say the final two kids programs of the year are wrapping up. We have done numerous trips with Apogee Adventures Man what a fantastic organization the trip leaders are fantastic, the kids wonderful, and the cycling adventure they go on remarkable for kids in grades seven through ten. Red and Ariel  looked a little road weary but were still super into the Astec when working with their kids and kayaking. 

Shallow waters at Winooski 

Shallow waters at Winooski 

Overland Adventures joined us for a phenomenal day at the mouth of the Winooski. We had a paddle over a half-mile out to find deep enough water to splash and play. These kids kayak programs are such a joy because you can watch the innate ability of young paddlers be totally at ease with being upside down and rescue them selves without even knowing it.