Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on February 2, 2014 at Met Life stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Many people don’t know that the area is actually a large swamp that’s been, in some cases, turned into accessible areas for people, vehicles and buildings. On the other hand, there is a list of failed or partially constructed projects that have been foiled by the great swamp.
A photographer and two other men, one a writer who wrote the “definitive” book about the Meadowlands, recently embarked on a kayaking trip to see if they could actually paddle to the stadium. I’m not sure if they just wanted a plan to miss out on the traffic jam or that they simply wanted to find out if it was possible.
The video they made is very entertaining as they discuss the area, it’s follies, failed projects and myths (Jimmy Hoffa’s final resting place). On the map, it looks like an easy paddle. Check out the video to see how it all turned out.
We’re always looking for great places to kayak and recently have been discussing a trip to the northeast. In the process of doing a little advance research, I ran across a video, actually a short film, that was posted on YouTube entitled “The Way We Live” that features whitewater kayaking in Maine, one of our potential kayaking destinations.
Film editor Taylor Walker combined footage of many whitewater kayakers at various locations in Maine to demonstrate the variety of excellent rivers that span the state. The film was originally presented at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival and then uploaded online in September of 2013.
The scenery is nice and the action is fast and furious. And, even if you’re not a whitewater kayaker, you can see that Maine is a beautiful place to visit and, most likely, you’ll be able to find a beautiful section of water to dip your paddle in.
In May of 2012, Beatrice Marx of Kingston, Washington was interviewed in the Sea Eagle blog about her solo trip down the Upper Missouri River in her Sea Eagle 380x Explorer Kayak. The trip lasted six days and six nights and covered 120 miles.
Beatrice loves to kayak by herself. As she explained … “When I go kayaking, I’m communing with Nature. I’d rather listen to the birds and to Nature’s silence. I tried kayaking with groups, and enjoyed it, but people talk too much.”
The article covers her research and planning and her observations about the historical landmarks she passed along the way. She is such a history buff that she decided to name her kayak “Meriweather” after Meriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame.
You can read the entire interview along with some questions and comments from other readers on the Sea Eagle blog. It’s a good story with lots of helpful insights into what it takes to put together and execute an extended kayak paddling trip.
I’m sure that many of you can relate to this subject matter. After speaking with several of our customers at PortableKayaks.com, it seems that the majority are slightly older, often retired couples that are looking for an enjoyable recreational activity that they can do together and kayaking has been the result. Using an inflatable kayak makes it easier to try out their new pastime because they don’t have to worry about adding a kayak rack to their car or a large storage area in their garage.
One such couple, Linda & Marc Venard from Indiana, recently posted a nice blog article about their experiences. Their four kids had gone off to college and they discovered kayaking as their cure for the empty nest syndrome. Linda and Marc had done some kayaking tours in the past on trips to Florida and found that they liked the sport. After researching their options, they decided that an inflatable Sea Eagle 370 would best fit their desire to have a kayak with them anywhere they went.
So far, it’s worked out great. They’ve kayaked some excellent waterways in Indiana and taken their 370 on a trip to Michigan where they paddled near Sleeping Bear Dunes, near Traverse City and Whitefish Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula not far from Tahquamenon Falls. (Speaking of the falls, check this out.)
You can read their entire article and a couple pictures on the Sea Eagle blog. If you have a similar story or an experience that’s totally different, let us know. We’d be happy to post your story right here on the Inflatable Kayak Blog.
On our recent trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we got to break out the new Innova Swing 1 inflatable kayak once again. We paddled it for the first time about a week ago and we were looking forward to dipping it in the water.
We were on the shores of Portage Lake, which is an inlet off of Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula that borders the Houghton and Hancock area and up into the peninsula.
The weather had been pretty cold the previous day, unusual even for the UP in July, but Monday was really nice and we took advantage. Of course, the only problem with the Swing 1 is that it’s a solo kayak so my wife and I had to take turns. I went first and paddled for quite awhile I wanted to test out using a chair cushion under the seat to raise myself higher. Something we wrote about in the article about the previous paddle. It seemed to work out pretty well although it didn’t fit really well under the seat. The suggestion of using a boat cushion is probably better, but we could only find the chair cushion to use.
My wife also thought that raising the seat was better for paddling, although she still bumped her hands on the sides a few times. Less than before, though.
The Innova Swing 1 is a really nice kayak and, compared to most inflatables under $600, you’ll find the speed and paddling response to be very good. It’s really nice looking, too.
We had hoped to get in a couple more paddling adventures on this trip, but the weather turned cooler again the next day and other commitments got in the way later in the week. All in all a very enjoyable paddle on Portage Lake that ended with a really nice sunset.