Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, oh my!
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I don’t know about you but I love early morning flatwater paddling. It’s beautiful watching the sun rise over the horizon, casting its amber glow across the ripples. Whether you’re a kayaker, canoer, or paddleboarder, it’s one of the best ways to start your day. 

I must confess, the trickiest part of my paddling adventures is getting in and out of my kayak or canoe. Graceful, I am not. What’s weird is that I don’t have any problem with stand-up paddle boards. Must be my big feet. Speaking of paddle boards, have you tried yoga on one of those? It’s not quite my thing but I hear it’s an invigorating experience. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Hey, that got me thinking. Invasive species are notorious for using water to spread out far and wide. That’s why it’s so important to clean all visible aquatic plants, critters, and mud from your gear, paddles, floats, ropes, anchors, and even your trailer before leaving. Scrub the hull using a stiff brush and rinse your watercraft, trailer and equipment with high pressure hot water, whenever possible. 

Pro tip: dry everything for five days or more, unless otherwise required by local or state laws. OR wipe with a towel before reuse. Find other great tips and advice for Stopping Aquatic Hitchhikers.

Happy paddling!

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