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2/17/11 10:06 P

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I love hiking. I hope to maybe try kayaking but it is fairly expensive and there aren't many areas for it really close where I live. emoticon joyce

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2/13/11 8:46 P

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If you'll be kayaking on the James in the Richmond area, there are lots of easy access points to put in : http://richmondgoodlife.com/richmond_boat_
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If you're further west, James River Runners in Scottsville will take good care of you.
and finally, Appomattox River Company (www.paddleva.com) has tons of boats, new and used that you can try out before you buy.

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that sounds like an awesome website. thanks for the info. i'll be checking that out

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9/2/10 2:34 P

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We have found good river gear on the NRS website - if you click on community then gear swap you can search for people selling used boats and gear. www.nrsweb.com
We like a lot of outdoor activities and our local REI store rents a lot of gear pretty cheap (like skis and snowshoes) - we usually rent a few times until we're sure we like something.

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that does help thank you so much. I would mostly be doing kayaking on the james river.

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8/27/10 10:23 P

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Re size of kayak... first consider what type of kayaking you plan on mostly doing... if you are only going to paddle inland lakes and streams, a shorter recreational kayak is perfect... if you are planning on kayak camping or paddling on larger bodies of water like the great lakes up here in Michigan, or coastlines or oceans, then you probably need a larger sea kayak... try locating local kayak stores or go online and type in "kayak dealers" (perception, old town, ocean kayak are just a few companies that come to mind)... most of those web sites give basic info on what to look for in the type of kayaking you plan on doing.... if you can find local kayak dealers, they can give you first hand advice and often will let you demo their kayaks

(there's also kayak teams here on sparks that would be good to check out for more info)

hope this helps... choc


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I will have to check out meetup.com that sounds very interesting and yes I love rollerblading. It's a lot of fun.

Also with the kayak...I am looking at buying one but I don't know what is best for me. The ones I rent are 14 ft I think. They are pretty heavy. Does it matter on your size? I'm a hefty girl and I don't want to get a kayak that wouldn't be suited to me.

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8/27/10 11:35 A

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Hiking! And just like RUNNINGTOEAT's daughter, we've found some great groups on MeetUp.com. Sometimes they'll be planning a paddle and other members will bring extra kayaks so you don't have to rent.

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Do you like to rollerblade? My daughter loves rollerblading - she went to meetup.com and found a group that meets weekly to rollerblade on some paved trails in the area. She has also found a rock climbing group too.

My favorite free activity is always hiking, walking and running!

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riding a bike. you can buy a used bike at a second hand store. it will also save you gas. i use mine to go to the store for smaller items. i have a back pack for the groceries. emoticon

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Free or cheap... walking is free (I'm lucky enough to live out in the country, lots of open spaces to walk in besides down the road).... or you can go to the nearest park (local, state, or national ) to enjoy nature trails...camping, bike riding, swimming, or cross country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter time

But I do love kayaking, and buying your own doesn't have to be "real" expensive... start out with a smaller recreational kayak (many local sporting stores carry them for $200 to $500 range and sometimes have package deals that include the paddles and a few accessories like life jackets)... once you have your own, it lasts for "years" and you'll find you kayak a lot more often when you have your own instead of renting. Also consider ease of loading and unloading your kayak... mine fits inside my minivan (the yak is only 9' long and only weighs about 45 lbs), and it's a matter of just a few minutes to load and unload, as opposed to lifting it up on top of the van and lashing it down like I used to do with my 12' long kayak which was about 60 pounds.


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I am just now getting into the outdoor scene. I love kayaking (but it costs money until I buy my own kayak). What are some of the best outdoor activities that are free or some what cheap?

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