EXPLORE WINE-COUNTRY ON THE WATER
I love finding new ways to explore my valley and backyard.
The heatwaves of summer have proven too hot for trail runs, so I bought an iSUP (inflatable stand-up paddleboard) and hit the water. I love it so much that I dedicated an entire page to everything you need to know to have the best time...
There's no cooler (pun intended, kind of) way to exercise during the summer months than on an iSUP.
I bought mine on Amazon Prime from Isle Surf & SUP.
It's awesome. You get a solid core and upper body workout...
Little did I know that I'd discover an entirely new medium to explore my valley.
Seeing my backyard through the rivers and lakes that flow through it has been the highlight of my summer.
I have a favorite weeknight paddle (Del Rio to Memorial Beach) and a longer weekend paddle (Memorial Beach to River Front Park).
We've even paddled Lake Sonoma via Yorty Creek.
(Bring $5-$7 for parking @ the regional parks. Or better yet, buy a pass here and park for free year round.)
I found this map (below) on the Russian River Paddle Boards website.
It's become my favorite reference tool for my paddle experiences this summer. We've tried most of them.
-This is the one I loved from Amazom Prime.
-My husband has about 100 lbs on me and so preferred this one.
-Don't want to commit to purchasing a board? Insecure about going alone?
Russian River Paddle Boards offers rentals and/or guided tours. (I've never used them, so I can't comment on their service.)
The paddles that come with these are not very good...I ordered this one instead and prefer it.
INFLATABLE LIFE PRESERVER:
I got two of these for "just in case"...
WATERPROOF BLUETOOTH SPEAKER:
This is a must.
And so is this (for beers, naturally!).
DRY SAC W/POCKET:
And this to keep your stuff dry. Love the front pocket for quick access.
FOOD & WATER:
Grab a picnic lunch from one of my favorite spots and make a day out of it!