The Hot New Recreational Pursuit of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
By Kyla Merwin
Now that school is back in session, and the tourists have gone home, this is a great time to enjoy the last hot days of Oregon’s consistently toasty Indian Summers. Escape to Central Oregon and the high mountain lakes and rivers for the hottest new recreational pursuit: Stand-up paddle boarding. To get a personal taste of this new mode of transportation, the good folks at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe sent two Oregon Road Trippers on a trip along the Deschutes River, in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon.
As newbies, we were given the super-stable, almost impossible-to-fall-off-of version of the hottest new recreational device on local lakes and rivers: stand-up paddleboards. That didn’t stop one of us from falling in, of course. We weren’t given an E-Ticket to Disneyland, after all, where your experiences are generated for you, no effort required. In other words, paddle at your own risk of sudden water contact.