Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved getting into a canoe or kayak and heading out on rivers like the Ichetucknee and Wekiva and on lakes like Maitland and Osceola and just… paddling. It’s as close to nature as you can get, and it’s something that everyone should experience.
If you haven’t yet, then Oct. 6 is a fine day to start.
This Saturday is Florida Paddling Day, as designated by members of the Florida Professional Paddlesports Association (don’t worry, I didn’t know there was one, either). Now that I do, you can bet I’m going to write tons more about it. This is a statewide network of professional paddlesport outfitters and retailers whose mission is to promote paddling in Florida.
What a great idea. And what great timing. October is when people all over the state look forward to heading outdoors to savor the refreshing autumn weather. Best of all you can set sail on a paddle board, innertube, canoe, kayak or anything that floats your boat.
For more information about this day and the ‘Splash Mobs’ that will create flotillas across Florida, visit www.paddleflausa.com.