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Paddle (with) your children

Jason Werling • Aug 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Summer is not over...summer is not over...summer is not over. Since the Sandusky State Theatre’s awesome production of the Wizard of Oz ended last night, maybe someone can borrow Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, click their heels together and make it true.

Yes, the kids are going back to school and the days are getting shorter, but technically we have until September 23 before the first day of Fall. I just looked at the 10-day forecast and after a couple possible thunderstorms today the forecast calls for sunny and perfect weather all this week.

If you are looking for options on what to do with the waning days of summer, there are a couple ideas pictured in the boxes on this page. Last year about this time I paddled in and wrote about a canoe float of Old Woman Creek with a group of explorers. (Click HERE for that blog) And this year was just as fun when I had the chance to paddle the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail with another group of over 20 people. (It was a fun time had by all s you can see from Regina Pool’s expression in the photo above.) The major change for me from last year...I brought my own kayak this time around. I also borrowed a camera and have taken a few "KayakCam" videos around the area. Click on the player above to watch a video of Old Woman Creek.

Sandusky and the surrounding communities are teeming with kayak-friendly places and paddling is a great way to get some exercise and find some serenity. It might not be for everyone so before you run out and buy a “yak” try heading out on a canoe float, I’ve included some upcoming events below and the best part is they are free. The events do have some restrictions and require registration, but, again, they are free.

Summer is not over...summer is not over...keep telling yourselves that and I plan to do the same. We have to get all of our outdoor recreation in before our only outdoor exercise options are shoveling snow. Did I say that? I take it back.

And speaking of recreation, there are several opportunities to get involved and make a difference. The City of Sandusky is currently looking for two people to serve on its Recreation Board. The board assists in the development of long-term planning for recreation programs in the city. Board members have to be residents of the city and can call (419)627-5850 for more information on applying. Also, the Bay Area Soccer League can always use help with volunteers, coaches and board members, contact the league’s president Les Wilson at LWilson@bayareasoccerleague.com if you can help out.

Upcoming Canoe Floats in the area

Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m.- Explore the Estuary by Canoe or Kayak! (OWC)

Saturday, August 27 at Noon- Intro to Paddling at the Coupling Reserve (EMP)

Monday, August 29 at 7 p.m.- Sunset Paddle at the Coupling Reserve (EMP)

Thursday, September 1 at 5 p.m.-     Explore the Estuary by Canoe or Kayak! (OWC)

Friday, September 9 at 2 p.m.- Smart Start Canoeing at the Coupling Reserve (EMP)


Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m.- Full Moon Float at the Coupling Reserve (EMP)

EMP- Call Erie MetroParks to register (419)625-7783

OWC-Call Old Woman Creek to register (419)433-4601

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