August 16, 2011 |
It's been a good summer for orca sightings among kayakers in British Columbia's Johnstone Strait, and at least one outfitter is offering discounts on its last trip of the season. The Johnstone Strait, home to the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Orca Preserve, draws many kayak-trip outfitters, including Sea Kayak Adventures , which is based in Idaho but has been running Johnstone Strait trips since 1996. This year, said S.K.A. co-owner Nancy Mertz, “they had a late spring, and it suddenly blossomed into sunshine and orcas.
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August 9, 2011 |
The long-awaited Paddle the Los Angeles River pilot program got off to a wobbly start Monday as two dozen civic leaders in hard hats and bulging life vests stepped into kayaks and pushed out through murky ripples in the Sepulveda Basin. The group of flood control officials and City Councilmen Tony Cardenas and Ed Reyes was chaperoned by experienced kayakers and naturalists on hand to make sure no one tipped over into the treated urban runoff or entangled themselves in the heavy brush laden with shredded clothing and plastic bags that lines the 70-foot-wide channel.
July 10, 2011 |
Paul Revere was captured on April 18, 1775, before he could warn the residents of Concord, Mass., that the British were coming. (He did make it to Lexington, Mass.) No Revolutionary War battle was ever fought at Valley Forge, Pa., even though Gen. George Washington and his troops were there for nine months, including during a horrific winter. Gustave Eiffel - he of tower fame - gave our Statue of Liberty her backbone. In Boston, Philadelphia and New York last spring, I exercised my way through decades of U.S. history that I never seemed to have learned in school.
June 27, 2011 |
Here's a new way to explore Olympic National Park in western Washington state . The park has added a kayak tour run by the park concessionaire, Aramark Parks and Destinations, out of historic Lake Crescent Lodge, about 18 miles west of Port Angeles. Participants need not be top athletes to paddle the sapphire waters of the glacier-carved, steeply gouged lake. The tour glides past an old-growth forest, the Devil’s Punchbowl rock formations and remnants of a World War I railroad operation before crossing back.
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June 25, 2011 |
In a summer wonderland of theme parks and sparkling beaches, city officials soon will be offering canoe and kayak trips along the upper reaches of the Los Angeles River. Tickets for the Los Angeles River adventure are expected to go on sale as early as July 8, and promoters are promising a ride like no other. The route through the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin flood control channel will take customers along a 3-mile stretch of river where the water is 10 to 15 feet deep and edged with willows, sycamores and slanted concrete walls a stone's throw from the 101 and 405 freeways.
June 13, 2011 |
If "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" left you stoked for an adventurous sailing trip (without the pillaging and scheming), you won't have to go far to find one. The Californian will set sail from San Diego to Catalina Island in July and October on trips that mix tall ship sailing with kayaking. Sleeping in snug bunks and standing watch on the ship are part of recapturing the spirit of what life was like aboard a 19th century vessel. The Californian (no, it isn't a pirate ship)
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June 11, 2011 |
Surfers in Malibu are used to sharing the waves with paddleboards, sailboats and the occasional Russian billionaire's 390-foot yacht. On Friday they were startled to see a 505-foot Navy destroyer anchored off Surfrider Beach near the Malibu Pier. The destroyer John Paul Jones was making the Navy's first-ever port call in Malibu and giving its 270-member crew shore leave there for the weekend. The community-organized Navy Days is offering sailors free shuttle rides up and down the 26-mile-long city, beach volleyball and kayak excursions, and discounts at shops and restaurants Saturday and Sunday.
January 30, 2011
If you are looking for a nature outing, check out the tours offered by Southwind Kayak rentals. My friends and I explored the tidal wetlands of Upper Newport Bay and observed numerous bird species during a two-hour-plus guided outing via kayak. It was a welcome break from city life, and it's located in our own backyard. Southwind Kayak Center, (949) 261-0200, http://www.southwindkayaks.com . Kayak tours by preregistration only. Harbor Highlights or Back to Nature tour of the Upper Newport Bay ecological reserve, $55, or $45 with your own gear.
January 3, 2011 |
Put away the eggnog and break out the tennis shoes ? it's New Year's resolution time, and no doubt millions have made the pledge to get fit. Many of them will join a gym only to find they're bored with the monotony of cardio equipment and weight training routines. But exercise shouldn't be drudgery. Plenty of pleasurable activities deliver a legitimate workout without the hamster-on-a-wheel feeling. Surfing, kayaking, ballroom dancing, trail running and self-defense classes are just a few ways to avoid a fitness rut or supplement a regular gym workout.
January 3, 2011
Richard Hamlin recalls his initial reaction when his wife suggested they take a kayaking trip while in the San Juan Islands: "I said, 'No, it looks like work.'" He was half right. Kayaking can be work ? as in a great workout ? but it can also be a getaway from the rigors of the day. "From the very first time, I loved it," adds Hamlin, who is now an instructor at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey, part of UCLA Recreation. Most people kayak in one of two styles of boats.