Friday, June 12, 2009

Go outside and play: kayaking and more

I'm planning a crazy active Saturday. It starts with a kayaking tour of Mountain Island Lake and then I'm planning to support the Charlotte Roller Girls at the their cornhole tournament.

If you're looking to dabble in outdoor recreation, here are a few suggestions:

ROCK CLIMBING: The Charlotte Breezers, an African American outdoor recreation group, is rock climbing at the U.S. National Whitewater Rafting Center in Gastonia. The Breezers are a fun group, and their events are well organized. I've done their ski trips and skydiving excursions.

Rock climbing prices: $27-$56. Contact: Hezekiah Barnette at 704-301-1724 or

KAYAKING: Experience a different side of Mountain Island Lake with a three-hour kayaking tour Sunday afternoon. Never kayaked before? It's all good. Tour starts with paddlers learning the four basic strokes, and how to enter and exit the kayak. All equipment provided, but bring plenty of water and snacks. $16. I'm doing Saturday's class.

The Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec site isn't easy to navigate. Go to the site, click Activities and then search for kayaking. There are only three slots left for Sunday's tour.

Coming up:

Take it back to grade school with Creative Loafing's popular Field Day '09. Expect wacky games, lots of sweat and big fun.

This will take team work. Try paddling a 22-foot canoe with nine other people. UNC Charlotte’s Ventures Office will give you an opportunity with a paddling trip 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., June 20. It costs $54.

Pre-trip meeting 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., June 16. More info: Sarah Fox 704-687-3398 or

1 comment:

  1. Nice list! The kayaking trip sounds sweet.

    Don't forget there's a free Operation Boot Camp workout at 9am tomorrow, at Latta Park! :)

    Hope you have a great day - ps, since when is cornhole a sport? LOL!