One way to accomplish this is to plan a kayak trip where you will have to: a) walk to get back to the car or a shuttle, b) plan a kayak trip with an endpoint no car can get to and you have to portage your yak out, c) plan a yak trip that has some good hiking in the area, d) wear your fitbit as you paddle and it thinks you're taking steps. I don't know about preferred methods, but B and D tend to come up a lot....
Case in point- June of this year, a quick 24 hour turnaround trip to the Mulberry River in Arkansas. We employed hiking methods a and c for variety this time....
We loaded up all the gear on the yaks and went 11 miles down river into a national forest.
At the pullout, we were able to explore the forest- sans people, camp anywhere we could find a flat spot, and walk to our hearts content. Philoboy was content to walk to his hammock.
Every trip I made up the bluff with gear I counted twice. Steep gets you double mileage on the hiking.
And the next morning, the awesome folks from Turner Bend shuttled our vehicle to us, and we took our usual meandering route home. Which meant Philo was driving. Which meant I did a lot of deep breathing. I hear it's good for you.
Kayaking outings that don't involve camping don't count in the hiking days category, but they do count in the good-for-the-soul category. Especially if you go with good friends. I have friends who, like me, will never, never, never grow old. Or is it grow up?
We took a little lunch paddle on the local lake (wow- say that three times real fast) with a couple of friends, and not too long after launching, my ear and my boat were full of water. This is why:
Uh huh. Surprise attack. Needless to say, we were all drenched by the time we arrived at marina diner. But this is exactly why I love these gals.
Forward to July, and back to Lawton, We love this place. It's close to home
It's where the buffalo roam
And it's beautiful, no matter the season, that's a good enough reason! Poetry session over.
Aaaand now it's August already! We had one week of the whole YEAR that one of us was not in school/could get off work/wasn't umpiring/not teaching/.. see the problem? And that was just the Whee! ok, maybe not.
The Whee! Look at the Whee! She done went and got all growed up!!!! I can't stand it! We're having special locks made to keep her in the house. She's starting to investigate colleges (YAY- sniff, tissue please). Boys are wanting to investigate her- (GRRR-cattle prod, please).
She hikes, and makes me laugh, and eats, and makes me laugh, and eat. and eats.
And she sneaks Helga into places that hippos aren't supposed to be...
And she brings good tidings of peace- or om- or something.
Check back later to find out about the recent power struggle between PAF and Helga. This is NOT a match made in heaven.
Happy Trails, and wherever you roam, may that feel like you're home!