|Me with London Bridge in the background.|
To really see Lake Havasu, Arizona it's best to go by boat but I think it's more fun to paddle board. We own a blow up paddle board but didn't want to pack it on our road trip. Instead, we found a shop right on along the lake that rents the more stable non-inflatable boards.
Southwest Kayaks rents both kayaks and paddle boards and offers great customer service. The employees were friendly and helpful and Bob Nielsen, the owner, really seems to enjoy his work.
|My son, Caden, on the water.|
What I like about paddle boarding.
The learning curve is short on a paddle board. The hardest thing to learn is getting on and off. It's really a matter of learning where to my feet and making sure to weight them evenly. Slowly stand up straight and voila, we're ready to go. One thing I've learned is leaning back while trying to stand up can propel the board forward. Once one the paddle board, it's just a matter of performing a few strokes on one side and then switching sides. Back and forth like that keeps me straight. To turn around, I just put my paddle in the water and push it the opposite way. When I get hot, I sit on the paddle board and dangle my legs over the edge. It's a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors.
For an even better workout, Southwest Kayaks now rents and sells the Hobie Mirage® Eclipse. This is a leg powered paddle board, kind of like a stair stepper on water. We just missed trying them out as Bob was getting his shipment in the weeks after we left Lake Havasu.
Another great way to see the lake is to try a kayak. While I have kayaked before, I wanted to paddle board. Either way, the staff from Southwest Kayaks meets you at the water and assists in making sure you get on your paddle board or kayak without tumbling into the water.
We had a great time at Lake Havasu, Arizona. I don't know when we'll go back but when we do, I'll head down to rent one of those new leg powered paddle boards.