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Check out this Go Play Day from the ACK Houston Store Associate, John Hayes! Last week he spent a night kayak-camping on the Colorado River in Columbus, TX. This was the maiden voyage for his brand-new Tarpon 120, so I was really excited to get it out on the water.
Prior to working at ACK I had no idea kayak fishing was a thing. Since such a large part of my job is researching, talking about, and interacting with kayak fishers it didn’t feel right to have never gone out on the water for a kayak fishing session of my own.
In 2011, friends Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore ventured from Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains to the Gulf of California in Mexico. The adventure took them 113 days and over 1,700 miles of hiking and paddling.
Back in January, I wrote a short article ranting about partaking in new adventure this year. Shame on me, two full months later and I had yet to do any of it, that is until just recently.
The year was 1938, and three French paddlers had taken it upon themselves to be the first to paddle the untamed and un-dammed rivers of the American west. They took with them on their expedition a camera to capture their adventure on 16mm color film and the footage has sat in archives for years.
You might’ve caught occasional video updates on our blog sharing the video submissions to NRS of 2 friends who took it upon themselves to journey the entire Colorado River from its furthest inland source in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains to Mexico, a total of 1,700 miles. Since the completion of their trip, NRS has compiled the submitted and edited episodes for a final full length film.
This Father’s Day my dad and I ended up having a bit of an unexpected adventure. We started with plans of my dad trying a stand up paddleboard for the first time but when I showed up the day of I found myself being talked into an overnight camping trip and a five hour paddle at Colorado Bend State Park here in Texas.
Anyone who has paddled on the Colorado River below Lake Austin in the summertime knows about the frequent changes in the level and flow. Longhorn dam has historically been the last stopping point between the lake water and its trip to the Matagorda Bay system, visiting the many rice fields along the way during their growing season.