This past weekend I had the chance to try paddle boarding at Bear Creek Lake Park courtesy of Larson’s Ski & Sport. It was kind of cool to be out on the water and paddle boarding can certainly be a good workout. The lake was really calm and it did not take long for me to stand up on the board and be able to move about the lake. I am still a far cry from being competent with all of the strokes, but I do understand that I am balance challenged. Both efforts I made to move forward or backwards on the board ended up with me in the lake. I should probably stay in the sweet spot of the paddle board’s stability for a while.
Paddle boarding is not cheap. Renting a paddle board costs around $20 per hour and is available at Bear Creek Lake, Lake Evergreen and Lake Dillon. Sports shops usually charge $50 per day. Buying a paddle board will set you back around $1000. I am glad I tried it and would do it again, but for right now I am enjoying exploring water sports. I want to give kayaking and sculling a chance.
The biggest perk was that it was an activity my wife and I could enjoy together. After some time on the lake we stopped by Café Rio for a refreshing mint limeade and lunch.