One of the most fulfilling things about a life spent on the water is introducing family and friends to the joys of watersports. For my recent ACK employee perk of “Go Play For A Day,” I took my 13 year old niece on a kayak trip on the San Marcos River. My niece has a busy life consumed with school and sports so it was a great opportunity to let her sit back and enjoy herself for a few hours.

We put in at the very cool and historic Zedler Mill Park in Luling, Texas. This is not only a great put in for going upstream on the San Marcos River, but also offers the convenience of a boat ramp and plenty of space and facilities for a BBQ. On a lazy day, it is a great spot to paddle a short distance upstream and see what you can catch. However for this particular adventure, me, my niece and our canine companion Dexter paddled about three miles until we reached what I like to call ‘turtle alley.’ This stretch of river is home to more sunbathing turtles than you can count.

It was great to see my niece truly enjoying herself on the river while trying to overcome her fear of bugs and other river creatures. The weather was unseasonably warm so we had some snacks, let the dog swim and watched the turtles before heading back to the truck.

It is the simple days like this that remind me of why I have built my life around rivers. There is no equivalent experience to the memories and friendships that are built from a day on the water.

Our boats for the day were the Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game which I love for its’ stability and carrying capacity. My niece, who has very limited experience, had no problem handling the Feelfree Moken 10.

What a great day it was, it couldn’t have been any better!

Luke @ACK