In an age where smartphones consume our day-to-day lives, it’s nice to detach yourself and explore what the great outdoors has to offer. Kayaking, in particular, offers just that, it is a skill anyone can master within a day, regardless of age. It has proven to reduce stress, promote social activity or can be pursued solo. Take your pick. The great thing about this activity is that you can dictate your own adventure. As you paddle or float along, use binoculars to spot wildlife or simply watch the sky float by.  You can knock out a great upper body exercise and even help out Mother Nature by participating in a river cleanup while kayaking.

Kayaking can also provide the foundation for overall health and fitness. Within just one hour of paddling, you can burn close to 400 calories according to HealthStatus. Even if you aren’t trying to achieve weight loss, the scenic routes are bountiful at several locations such as the stretch of river near Possum Kingdom Lake or the Brazos River below Lake Granbury in particular.

Much like golf or tennis, kayaking is a hobby that can be a lifelong pastime that children and adults alike can enjoy. There are numerous areas to rent equipment or you can even invest in a kayak that is easily transportable on the top of a vehicle or in the back of a pickup.

If photography interests you, then you won’t be disappointed. Kayakers are encouraged to share their photos and experiences along with their location on the Brazos River Authority Facebook page.  Photos may also be shared with the BRA for use on the BRA website.  Photo credit will be provided for pictures added to the BRA website. Please send pictures (along with name and location on the river) to information.brazos.org.

This relaxing recreational activity is the perfect getaway from the heavily saturated technology driven world we live in now. So put up the smartphone and get out there with your family or go alone. After all, you never know what you may discover.

For more information on Texas paddling trails, rentals and safety, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website by clicking here or Southwest Paddler here.