Is Canoeing Harder Than Kayaking?

Over the last thousand years there have been debates battled by mankind:

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Did aliens help the Egyptians build the pyramids?
Who shot JFK?
Is Canoeing Harder than Kayaking?

So many tough questions! Well, today we are going to tackle one of them… and no, I don’t know if aliens helped build the pyramids. But what I do know is that many people believe canoeing is harder than kayaking. Why? Let’s look at some of the reasons presented by The Institute of Advanced Canoe Learning.

1. Half the Paddle – those kayakers have it so easy with their two sided paddles.
2. Less maneuverability – you can’t turn on a dime with a canoe
3. Bulky – ever try carrying a wooden canoe by yourself?
4. Air born – sit in the back of a canoe by yourself and you might pop a wheelie

We want you to help us answer the age old question. Does someone in a canoe work harder than a kayaker? Your answer might help us validate the new canoe shirt we brought in.

canoe shirts at Adayak

10 Types of People You Meet on The River

A river adventure could be something you’ve been looking forward to all year, something you partake in every weekend, or something you are dreading. Each person has a different take on how they view their time on the river – some of us live for it while others merely view it as a time to party (I’m talking about you frat guy). A river offers a dozen different ways for adventure and fun. There’s kayaking, canoeing, floating, rafting, etc.

I got this idea from a the Hiking Boots blog. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at 10 Types of People You Meet on The River.

Note: The following pictures are from Flickr’s Creative Commons

1. The Cute Couple – These two love birds chose a day on the river as a way of getting out of their at home routine. Spending time with your spouse in nature is a great way to rekindle the relationship – but just because you don’t think anywhere is watching it doesn’t mean you’re alone (think mountain men).
cute kayaking couple

2. The Lazy – Spending a day paddling is not their idea of fun. It’s hot, it’s hard work and the river isn’t flowing fast enough for these lazy paddlers.
lazy sea kayakers

3. The Surfer – Surfs up bro! These kayakers take their boats to the beach or to hot spots on the river where high flow builds up a constant surfable wave. Don’t cut these paddlers off on you’re way downstream.

kayak surfing at the beach

4. Newbs – These kayakers just don’t know what they’re doing. They can’t track and they don’t paddle together. You’ll often see newbs zigzaging their way across the river and bumping into other boats.
newbs that can't paddle

5. The Competitive – There’s always an ultra competitive person (or two) in your group. They always have to be first and be the fastest on all runs. They are more worried about competing with other paddlers that they miss out on the fun.

canoeing is always a race

6. The Drunk – Ever been canoeing and passed by a boat loaded with 2 coolers and a couple cases of Natty Light? That’s the drunk guy on the river. You won’t find him in the whitewater… that requires too much work and mental thought.
getting drunk on the river

7. The Pet Lovers – These paddlers never go anwhere without man’s best friend. The dog is usually sitting in the front enjoying the ride… occassionally barking at passing boats and swimming to cool off.
bringing a dog in a kayak

8. The Tourists – Mom and Dad paid $8,000 for a family trip to Wyoming – you bet a whitewater rafting adventure is on the list of activities. You can spot tourists a mile away. They usually aren’t wearing the right gear, have blobs of sunscreen on their face and are the first to go swimming on a Class I.
whitewater rafting tourists

9. The Extremists – No drop to too high, no rapid is too rough. These paddlers taken all runs to the extreme… never dodging a thing and only paddle at 110%. These paddlers know the river inside and out.
whitewater kayaking dude

10. Loud College Kids – It’s spring break and the fraternity brothers decided to invade your river for 3 days. They are loud, constantly drinking, and may or may not have a boombox.

tubing down the river

New Adayak Paddling T-Shirts

Get ready for the summer heat with new kayaking, rafting and canoeing t-shirts from Adayak. We just launched four new paddling tees perfect for you to showoff you’re favorite water sport. These four tees are all made from 100% organic cotton and come in men’s sizes small through xx-large. There are also several color options available.

whitewater kayaking t-shirt kayaking t-shirt
whitewater rafting t-shirt Canoeing t-shirt

So what do you think of the new kayaking t-shirts, whitewater rafting t-shirt and canoeing t-shirt? Post a comment and let us know. Your feedback means everything to us.Be sure to sign up to our Email List (look to the sidebar) and get notified when we launch new products. Who knows… you may even get a special coupon code.

5 Adventure Day Trips in Florida

You know… Florida isn’t all beaches and hurricanes. For the outdoor adventurer living in or traveling to Florida (about as far away from the mountains as you can get), Florida can offer some great activities that will keep that adventure spirit alive. In today’s post we’ll look at the Top 5 Adventure Day Trips in Florida.

Ranked in no particular order:

1. Canoe The Suwannee River
suwannee river
You are probably already familiar with the famous Stephen Foster song, Old Folks at Home, that was written about the Suwannee River… well, the river is as majestic as the song makes it out to be. The Suwannee is 266 miles long and stands out from it’s unique black water – you can’t see an inch below the water surface. The Suwannee offers river canoeing, kayaking and float trips. It’s a beautiful river lined with oak trees and the occasional sandy beach, perfect for an afternoon picnic.

2. Diving in Key West
scuba diving key west
Key West is highly underrated as an adventure destination. If you have only time for a day trip and you’re in the area, hit up Key West for some scuba diving. The water is crystal clear and there are plenty of reefs loaded with marine life to swim with. Plus – the water is warm! If you don’t have a scuba license, you can always snorkel.

3. Air Boat in the Everglades
air boat everglades
The Everglades is located in south Florida, just west of Miami. Part of the area is designated as a National Park – where you can enjoy scenic biking and hiking trails. But to get the best view of the Everglades you need to be on a boat in the swamp areas. Here you can see the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee … all by air boat. The boats are loud and fast; they skim right over the swamps because they don’t have a submerge propeller.

4. Hike the Ocala National Forest
ocala national forest
The Ocala National Forest is located smack dab in the middle of Florida. It’s 607 square miles of prime forest, fresh water springs and wildlife (black bears, deer, alligators, wild boar). There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in the forest – perfect for an adventure day trip in Florida. Just watch out for snakes!

5. Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay
deep sea fishing
Tampa Bay is located in west Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico. This is prime real estate for deep sea fishing. You can hook up with a captain and charter an offshore boat for 4-6 hours. You are guaranteed to catch fish – grouper, snapper, sea bass. The thrill of reeling in a big fish is an adventure you’ll never forget.

Is there an adventure day trip in Florida that you think we missed? Post a comment and let us know.