Kayaking has been going on for hundreds of years. When I was growing up, kayaking wasn't as popular as it is now. I have done a lot of canoeing in my life, but I have only tried kayaking once. It was not beautiful. I also thought that kayaking and canoeing are very similar...it turns out I'm wrong. I have heard others think the same.

In case you were confused like I was, here's what good ole Wikipedia has to say:

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving over water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.

That sounds easy right? I need to give kayaking a solid chance. I tried kayaking last summer in Southwest Missouri and I didn't fare well. Part of the problem might have been that I was using a kid's kayak. I'll blame it on that. Note to self, an adult kayak would be a better fit for me. I also need to work on my balance. I capsized immediately.

I know plenty of people that kayak, and they all love it. A couple of friends of mine jumped into kayaking for a new hobby to do outdoors during the pandemic. They are now hooked and kayak a lot. They say that it's a great way to get outdoors, relax and take in some nature.

That sounds fun to me, and the next time I go, I'll be sure to give it my best shot. That being said, I don't own a kayak, so I'll have to rent one. I thought I'd share my research with you in case you want to do the same.

10 Great Kayak Rental Locations in Mid-Michigan

Here are some places in the Lansing area where you can rent kayaks.

Where do you rent your kayak when you hit the water? Drop me a message and I'll be sure to add them.

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