After Turkey Kayaking

About a dozen Outdoor Afros met this sunny, crisp morning in Oakland, Calif., for a post-Thanksgiving paddle. We had a wonderful mix of folks of all ages, and embarked on a one-hour kayak with stunning views of the Oakland skyline reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Merritt.

I applaud the participants; most had either never kayaked before, or had not done so in their adult body. At about $12 an hour for a double-kayak, it was an affordable and memorable thrill for all.

Here are our photos:

The trip reminded me that connecting with others to get outdoors is easy and fun! If you are in Northern California, join our Meetup Group; and elsewhere, connect with Outdoor Afros on our Connect page.

Thanks to the Lake Merritt Boating Center staff for their great service and orientation for our group!

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  • http://www.visionsofrainy.org Lorraine Mccall

    What a great activity to participate in after overindulgence on Thanksgiving Day. As a Oakland native, this article brought back some fond memories of my first canoeing experience at the Oakland Lake (Lake Merritt). The immediate calm I felt in the midst of the Bay Area coming and going. The Oakland Parks & Recreation was responsible for this experience. Just one of the many perks offered for being a participant in the summer youth job program.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Lorraine McCall
    Founder, Visions of Rainy