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Eva Fujimoto
(919) 782-1900
5171 Glenwood Ave Ste 111
Raleigh, NC
Agency
Hickory Beeline Travel
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Australia / New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, Latin America & Mexico, Pacific Islands-Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Barge / Canal / RiverCruises, Business Travel, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Destination Weddings, Family Fun, Family Travel, Honeymoon, Luxury Travel, Safari, Scuba Diving, Spa / Fitness
Website
www.hickorybeeline.com

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Sarah Waxler
(919) 493-8282
4215 University Drive
Durham, NC
Agency
Travel Leaders
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Specialities
Cruising / Cruise Lines, Destination Weddings, Family Fun, Family Travel, Honeymoon, Reunions
Website
www.travelleaders.com/durhamnc

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Mariah Costa Rica Travel
(919) 755-9292
Raleigh, NC
 
Maupin Travel
(919) 821-2146
Raleigh, NC
 
DMC Network
(919) 954-8123
Raleigh, NC
 
Brenda Caldwell
(919) 471-4513
610 Saddle Ridge Ave
Durham, NC
Agency
Brenda's Travel, Inc./An Affiliate of Hickory Beeline Travel
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Destinations
Africa, Asia-Central Asia, Asia-China, Japan, Korea Mongolia, Middle East, Asia-Southeast Asia, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Europe-Eastern, Europe-Northern, Europe-Western, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Hawaii
Specialities
Adventure Travel, Art & Culture / Music, Cruising / Cruise Lines, Destination Weddings, Disabled / Accessible, Eco-Tourism, Educational, Family Fun, Family Travel, Historical, Honeymoon, Lifestyle / Family / Specialty, Luxury Travel, Minority-African American, Meeting Planning / Events, Religious, Reunions, Safari, Scuba Diving, Senior / Mature Adult, Singles, Spa / Fitness, Student / Youth, Women's Travel
Website
www.brendastravel.com

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Beechwood Tours Inc
(919) 571-1602
Raleigh, NC
 
Anthony Maupin
(919) 832-5550
510 Daniels St
Raleigh, NC
Agency
Maupin Travel, Inc.
Membership Associations
American Society of Travel Agents
Website
www.maupintravel.com

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Hickory Beeline Independents
(919) 787-2511
Raleigh, NC
 
Woman's Forum of North Carolina
(919) 861-5575
Raleigh, NC
 
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Ultimate family camping activity

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October 11, 2010 by Dana T. · 3 Comments  

What began as what I thought was a crazy ‘whim’ of my husband’s has ended up being one of my very favorite parts of camping!

boy in kayak A couple of years ago, during the fall, my husband came home and told me that a local shop had a great deal on kayaks, and that he was going to get a few to float the Yellowstone River with, and for the kids to play in at the lake when we were camping. I thought that he was crazy – that the kayaks would soon be gathering dust and end up an expensive decoration hanging from the garage ceiling. Over that winter, he proceeded to ‘collect’ 5 or so kayaks, and that spring we took them to our favorite local mountain lake.

We had such a great time with those kayaks; they have quickly become one of our entire family’s favorite camping activities!!! Despite my reluctance to jump on board (literally), I think that I now enjoy them even more than he does! 

Kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, are kid friendly, and are a great way for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors together. They are quiet, (fairly) inexpensive, and require no other paraphernalia than a paddle and life jacket. My husband and older kids enjoy taking them to fish calm mountain lakes, and also to shoot the rapids of the Yellowstone River. I prefer to leisurely paddle around my favorite little Park Lake with a sleeping baby in my lap, while the kids love to take a frisbee out with them and play Keep Away in teams. We just spent the past 2 weeks camped on a small, fairly remote (well, not too remote, hubby managed to get our 40′ toy hauler in there!) mountain lake that we love to frequent, and we spent several days enjoying the warmth from the seats of our kayaks. The kids love to dump each other in the middle of the lake, and have become really good at climbing back on board (it’s harder than it would seem!). Ultimate good times! :)

group of children kayaking I am definitely NOT a expert when it comes to kayaks, but this is what has worked for us; when we first bought them, we bought both sit on top and cockpit kayaks, and even an inflatable that is great for remote, walk-in lakes. Kayaks are very versatle - they can be used on the ocean, mountain lakes, rivers and streams, and even the pond at your favorite RV resort! Since we have a lot of kids that would be using the kayaks, I ended up feeling more comfortable with the sit-on-top style since the kids would just slide off the top if they tipped over. We have found that kayaks come in different lengths, styles, and weight (lighter=easier to maneuver in our experience). While we would love to outfit our little ones in authentic kid-sized kayaks, for now they make do with smaller-sized adult ones (though we did find kid sized paddles that make propelling themselves easier!). When the kids are choosing which kayak they would like to take out, the one that is always chosen first is a smaller, lightwei...

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