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 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.
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.
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.
Pictures of the happy paddlers
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.
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.