Be prepared for a big day! For a while this morning, we'll discuss equipment, techniques & safety. Then it's off to explore the Lowcountry by kayak! This is an active outdoor program, so our itinerary can change - we take advantage of changes in weather & tides to show you the best variety in the many different locales that the Lowcountry has to offer. Changes may also occur due to safety issues. In the evening, we'll enjoy an interactive program presented by a local expert.
Breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. Fuel up on our sumptuous lowcountry breakfast--you'll have an active day! Dress for paddling, and don't forget to prepare your bag lunch from the delectable variety of options provided.
During a classroom-like session, kayakers review equipment, techniques, and safety. Even experienced kayakers may appreciate information about equipment to make their paddles more safe and convenient. Scholars will receive PFDs and discuss paddling and the types of kayaks we'll be using this week. Once we've loaded the trailer, it's time for a delicious lunch in the dining room!
At noon, we'll enjoy a delicious, healthy lunch at Cottage 49. Come dressed for boating--we'll be leaving soon afterwards for our first paddle and a chance to try out some of those paddle techniques we've talked about! "Dressed for Boating: that means, remember--boating clothes are synthetics, and layers are nice. If you have cycling clothes, they work great, or any outdoor synthetics that dry quickly. Wear shoes that can get wet or muddy, and don't forget your water bottle, and hat & sunglasses with straps in case it's breezy!
Off to Boyd Creek this afternoon! In the kayak and on the water, you'll have a chance to apply the morning's classroom lessons as well as practice your strokes. Beginners will learn new skills and gain confidence; intermediate paddlers will refine and add to what they already know. The instructors tailor their lessons to the skills and experience of members of the group. They will gather us up for stroke demonstrations as well as introduce us to the spartina grass and pluff mud of the lowcountry marsh. If you don't know this already, you'll learn that a great thing about kayaking is seeing our ecosystem up close--touch the periwinkles, watch the wading birds on shore (and overhead), and maybe, if we're really lucky, see a dolphin!
Back on site, showered and relaxed, enjoy a glass of iced tea along with your leisurely lowcountry dinner, served at 6:00 p.m. There's always a green salad and dessert, and whatever the entree, it'll entice you: Country Captain? Chicken Bog? Barbeque? And is tonight black-eyed peas and collard greens? Always save room for what's to come.
After dinner, join us for our evening program. Priorities for our side trips and evening programs this week will be the lowcountry's natural world, cultural experiences, and locale. Is it our popular maps program? A story teller? Sweetgrass basket maker? You'll enjoy it, whatever it is.