Here we are again, and spring time is drawing near. After being cooped up in the house for the last four months, I am itching to get back to the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather I know is close.
I spend a lot of my time on the river, kayaking, more specifically. The last two weeks I have spent some time researching new trips to take this year. With the beautiful Stones River flowing right behind our StorPlace of Lebanon Pike location in Hermitage, I thought there would be no better place to kayak. One of the biggest issues when going kayaking is finding places to access the river that are public property. The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s (TWRA) website has an interactive map with all the river access points listed, as well as boating regulations. I found a trip along the stretch of river close to the store where I work. It will be super convenient. All I have to do is swing by my storage unit to load up my gear and then just a short drive to the Greenway access.
Now for some important kayaking tips:
- Always make sure someone knows your trip plans- In case there is an emergency, you want someone to know how/ where to find you.
- Make sure the places you access the river are public access- do not trespass on private property.
- Keep your cellphone in a safe, dry place– I always take my cellphone with me in the event of an emergency, but I have also lost a few in the river. I now keep it in a dry bag in a locked compartment of my kayak.
- Always wear your life jacket– This is a good idea for everyone, but required by law for children 12 or under.
- Carry a mesh laundry bag to pick up any trash you see during your trip– Please leave the river cleaner than you found it (you can get these cheap and they don’t hold water)
- Take plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
- Pack a “dry bag” with extra clothing– Not everyone makes it though the trip without flipping and sometimes it will rain and make it cold outside.
When the trip is over, now it’s time to store your kayak again. You always want to make sure it is completely dry before putting it back inside your storage unit. If it is not this can cause you to have mold issues. I have a shelf in my unit that I use to store my paddles, life jackets, and dry bags in an easy to find way. If you do not yet have a storage unit for your kayak, feel free to stop by StorPlace of Lebanon Pike. One of our manager’s will be happy to set you up with one.
Happy Paddling everyone!