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Summer Fridays: Paddle It Up!

Posted in Play — August 8, 2014

Water, water, everywhere!  This weekend at FINE we’re jumping in and cooling off from the hot summer sun.  So grab your paddle and join us!


If you and your friends are looking for an adventure, white water rafting is right up your alley!  Plan ahead and reserve a river raft guide for your trip – trust us you’ll be happy someone at the back of the raft is guiding you down those rapids.  Another bonus of having a guide is that they bring all the gear and do most of the work for you – they even set up camp if you’re on a multi-day trip.  They’ll buckle you up in a puffy, but necessary, life vest, plus a helmet, and give you instructions on how and when to paddle (you do have to do some work). Before you know it, you’re floating down the river and digging your toes under the side of the boat to brace yourself for the rapids ahead.  Your heart will be racing as fast as the river when you hit the white water, but you’ll be smiling the whole way through.

Here is a collection of river rapids we recommend!

Portland – Multi-day adventures: Rogue, Deschutes, Lower Salmon, John Day, Owyhee, North Deschutes,  North Umpqua,  or  Mckenzie Rivers

San Francisco – The Eel River, The South Fork of the American River, The Middle Fork American River

Traverse City – The Pine River


The great thing about kayaking is that you’re in charge of your own adventure.  Want to take it slow?  Paddle around a nice, calm lake for a few hours and soak up the sun.  Need more of a thrill?  Find a fast-flowing river and work your way through the rapids or paddle up-stream for a serious workout!  You’ll need a kayak and paddle, and we recommend a life vest if you’re on that fast-flowing river.

Portland – Just about anywhere there’s water – and there’s a lot of it!  Willamette River, McKenzie River to Columbia River, Sauvie Island and the Multnomah Channel

San Francisco – Shadow Cliffs Reservoir, Tomales Bay, or anywhere near the Golden Gate Bridge and all along the waterfront

Traverse City – Crystal River, Jordan River, West Bay, Boardman River, or paddle the Platte River to Lake Michigan


Everyone’s talking about stand up paddle boarding these days!  It’s essentially an oversized surfboard that floats like magic in the water (hint, your the magician). It’s a great opportunity to get out on the peaceful water and enjoy the beauty around you.  You’ll get a bit of a workout, but if you get tired, you can always just sit on your knees and hang out until you’re ready to paddle again.  People are finding fun ways to share this activity with their friends, too…their hairier friends.  Since it’s a slow moving activity, your pet can even join you on your board.

Got stellar balance? Try yoga on a paddle board. Either way, you’ll be addicted after your first trip (and probably really wet). We recommend checking out the same areas suggested for kayaking to get your SUP-in’ on.

Remember, folks; it’s August. Time’s a wastin’! Get outside already.


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