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!

One Thought on “After Turkey Kayaking”

  • 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

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