Kayak

In addition to hiking, biking and spending inordinate amounts of time at the gym, I love a good paddle. It’s something I always wanted to do, so a few years ago, I signed up with Chattanooga Outdoors, and went on one of their guided trips around the North Shore. I liked it so much, I immediately bought a boat of my own. Nothing fancy, just an entry-level 10-foot model from Academy. Didn’t want to spend too much, because I wasn’t sure that after a few outings, I’d still be interested. Well, I was hooked. So, I picked up a Pungo 120 12-footer from my friends at Rock Creek, along with a carbon-fiber paddle, better life jacket, water bags, Keen water shoes and all the other necessities. The Pungo 120 is awesome – sleek, big and fast, with a watertight compartment, removable dash and loads of room.

Let's roll!

Let’s roll!

Since then, I’ve done many, many miles of exploring along the river, the lake, as well as combination paddle/hikes to Maclellan Island, Williams Island and Patten Island. My favorite trip (so far) was a great 11.5-mile combination paddle/hike exploring the ruins of old Harrison, the town that was destroyed when the Chickamauga dam was built by TVA back in the 1930s. Very interesting and compelling.

old Harrison - click for larger

old Harrison – click for larger

Like all my activities, I track all my paddles, and take loads of photographs – check out all my paddling posts.