If you hear the river calling your name even though it is cold outside, then you may consider yourself a hardcore floater. The old boy scout saying, “Always be prepared” is definitely something you need to remember when floating in colder climates. Remember these things before your next cold water float.Details
This might be one of the coolest nature videos we’ve ever seen. And it’s from right here in Missouri!
Rowing, canoeing and kayaking require upper body and core strength, along with some amount of endurance. With a little planning, preparing physically for your next watercraft outing, or deliberately maximizing the amount of exercise you get while on water-themed trips, can be achieved as well as be rewarding.
When in doubt, work with a personal trainer or canoe/kayak club coach to establish a customized training program.Details
The Farmer’s Almanac has been in existence since 1457, according to historians. It is a publication that advises the best times to plant garden items and the best times to harvest your crops. Many successful farmers today still enlist the help of this journal, which also revolves around the moon phases each month.
The scientific reasoning behind charting the data includes the moon phases and the zodiac sign the moon is in on a given day. This is also true for the fishing guides in the Farmer’s Almanac, though the data is not sorted by exact location.Details
Missouri has a few restrictions when you are setting out on a phenomenal float trip down one of the many streams and rivers with friends, family or that one special person in your life. Glass containers and bottles of any type or size are not permitted near or on waterways in Missouri. In addition, you must carry your beverages in a cooler that fastens shut and is not made of foam. Due to the popularity of float trips, these few restrictions keep the waterways clean and make certain that the banks don’t have broken glass on them, which could really ruin a trip when stepped on.Details
Kayaks date back to about 4,000 years ago where the Inuits in the Artic regions of Canada, Alaska and Greenland made this mode of transportation to hunt on inland islands. The first kayaks were made of sealskins that were stitched over whalebone frames with air filled seal bladders in the front and rear to give them buoyancy.
Fortunately, today kayaks are ready made out of Kevlar, wood, fiberglass or molded plastic and are used as a recreational item for lakes, whitewater rafting and float trips as well as for use on the seas.Details
To float for relaxation or exhilaration is an ongoing question for outdoor adventurers. The traditionally held view is that canoes are for recreation and kayaks are meant for thrills! Yet, many outdoor enthusiasts have, or use, both types of these vessels. Current hybrid kayak models also are closing the gap between these popular water-trip boats. A comparison of the two comes down to analyzing the sort of water experiences sought and what features are needed to support the type of trip planned.
“Twenty years ago, family canoeing was big, but kayaks have become more popular recently, as not as many people are going on overnight or multi-day floating trips,” explains Jason Russell, manager of Ozark Mountain Trading Company’s Southwest Missouri store in Ozark, Mo.Details
Love to go hiking, but do not have a pack mule to bring a four course meal? Packing hiking friendly foods for a long hike does not have to break your back in the process. Snacks for a day hike need to be lightweight, as your backpack seems to get heavier the farther you hike. They should also be nutritious to give you energy as you expend energy on your hike. The fat in your body slowly burns as you hike to provide you with the energy you need to keep on hiking, so you need to supplement this with food. If you hike without an addition of food for an entire day, your body will start consuming your muscles for its fuel and this will leave you fatigued and slow down your hike so it may not be as fun. Here are some ideas on what type of foods are ready to eat while hiking and do not weigh a ton when hitting the great outdoors.Details
As stewards of Missouri’s water and soil, canoe fans can take care not to add pressure or problems to fragile waterways and environments they enjoy using. Following are tips about how to not inadvertently damage waterways during canoe trips.
Missouri’s waterways still face erosion challenges that began more than a century ago. In the 1930s, Americans realized how devastating soil erosion could be as the Dust Bowl swept across the nation, relocating an estimated 300 million tons of soil. According to Department of Natural Resources statistics, Missouri had the highest rate of erosion in the United States, which led to the creation of the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 1943. In 1982, Missouri was still losing soil at a rate of 10.8 tons per acre each year on cultivated cropland. Landowner voluntary efforts and structured cost-share conservation programs collectively have helped to slow erosion across the state since that time.Details
In addition to having fun, playing games while canoeing can lead to increased paddling and maneuvering skills, as well as more teamwork, trust, leadership, communication and entertainment. Games also enhance one’s canoe-related observational and concentration abilities. An important consideration, however, is how competitive, cooperative or creative the games should be, given various proficiencies, health conditions or ages of those with you.
How many of the following compilation of canoe games have you tried?Details