When I was younger I wasn’t much of an outdoor enthusiast. But in my later years, and by later I mean in the past two years, I’ve come to have an appreciation for the great outdoors in many forms.
As past blogs have revealed, there’s a plethora of things to do outdoors that are fun and inexpensive.
Today will be no different as I delve into my new favorite hobby: Kayaking.
There are a ton of areas throughout the Emerald Coast where you can rent a kayak for a day or bring your own kayak.
Santa Rosa County:
I discovered my love for kayaking after journeying out on an 8-hour kayak trip. Before that, the only kayaking I had done was a few minutes in the Gulf while at Pensacola Beach.
The best part for me is that you can make your own time, you work out your arms and you can carry on a conversation with your company.
It’s fairly cheap and the rivers around the Emerald Coast are just breathtaking. Yes, it’s a little early if you don’t want some particularly chilly water (but you’ll go numb in time so it’s not a big deal).
I highly suggest planning your kayak trip in advance and try to make it a day where there won’t be a lot of locals (i.e. Memorial Day Weekend is not the best time for a relaxing trip down the river).
What to bring:
Waterproof carry for your keys, wallet, etc.
Snacks – Something you can keep in a sealed baggy so you’re not eating soggy food.
Drinks – Water, Gatorade, anything that will keep in the heat and will keep you hydrated. Believe it or not, you can get pretty hot in the kayak since you’re on top of the water rather than in the water.
Angel McCurdy is the content writer for EmeraldCoast.com She can be reached at 850-315-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.