Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Kayaking USA

This week we're thirsty for time on the water. Get ready to kayak your cares away.

1. Seven Caves, La Jolla, CA

These caves are nestled in an ancient sea cliff in La Jolla Ecological Preserve near San Diego. Six of the seven caves can be reached only by kayak, so access is a privilege of paddling. 

Fun fact: the caves were used to smuggle whiskey during the Prohibition era! Give us a call if you find a flask.

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2. Crystal River, Florida

Not too far inland on the Gulf coast of Florida, you can mingle with manatees in crystal clear water. There's no need to fear these curious creatures (they're gentle giants), but don't disturb them: manatees are protected by state and federal law. 

You can do your part to save the manatees by adopting Florida natives Elsie and Brutus. After all, you can never have too many friends who live near the beach. 

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3. Mokulua Island, Hawaii

These two small islands (known as "The Mokes") are popular kayaking destinations off the coast of Kailua.  A quick half-hour trip puts you in a little Eden - a perfect place for barbecuing, sunbathing, and daydreaming.

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4. Lower Mesa Falls, Idaho

This spectacular drop just outside of Yellowstone National Park will certainly up your street cred.

If you look at this and say, "hell no," then you're probably in your right mind. If you look at this and say, "let's go," then you're probably our people.

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5. Glacier Bay, Alaska

Keep your eyes peeled while kayaking in Glacier Bay. A friendly game of "I Spy" could include black bears, bald eagles, moose, sea otters, and humpback whales. Oh yeah, and the stunning glaciers are hard to miss, too.

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6. Lake Powell, Utah

This reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border attracts around 2 million visitors each year. Guided tours of Lake Powell offer kayakers the opportunity to explore numerous canyons at any desired time: sunrise, midday, sunset, and overnight.

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7. Sparks Lake, Bend, Oregon

This lake in central Oregon was a beloved subject of landscape photographer Ray Atkeson. After a day on the water, hike the Ray Atkeson Memorial Trail for a view of Sparks Lake through the artist's eyes.

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Peace of mind comes from being on the water. Ultimate hydration comes from drinking Cactus Water.


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