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Cherry blossom kayak on the Potomac

Click this linkI am an out-of-towner looking for some local buddies to go with me on a trip of approximately 7miles to view the cherry blossom trees and the visible monuments on the route. I'm traveling alone and would love it if anyone who wants to join would. The more the merrier. I can be flexible with the time if need be. Please join me.


The above ^^^ note is from Elizabeth..."The out of towner"  

I  Blake, (your self designated semi-illustrious leader) am taking the liberty to add some additional information.  I would suggest everyone meet at the Thompson Boat House on the Potomac at the intersection of Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Ave (See map above, or click the Thompson Boat Center (TBC)  Name above) Click this link for more information about TBC. It is highly recommend you RESERVE (<-- Click Link)  your boat ahead of time.  TBC will not rent kayaks if the water is below 55 degrees.  To see the current water temperature, click HERE.  If the water is still too cold by April 18th, then I recommend bicycle riding.  Bikes can be rented at Thompson Boat Center as well. Again, check the water temp the day before, and rent accordingly.  I am letting Elizabeth lead this one, as I will not be able to attend because of work commitments.  Elizabeth will meet you in the Parking Lot at TBC, and she is driving a Black Chevy Tahoe with a Green Kayak and she will be excited to meet you all there!  Show time is 11:00 AM. PLease be on time, as TBC does not hold reservations, therefore the group will leave you and go floating into the blossoms without you! Thanks everyone for participating, let's show Elizabeth some good DC Hospitality while she is in town! Oh, and lastly... If you cannot show up PLEASE remove yourself from the RSVP list or change your RSVP.   This really kills our group page if you don't RSVP appropriately!

Thanks!

Blake :)


PS Please note ELizabeth will still be kayaking on the potomac REGARDLESS of water temperature.  So, if you have your own boat, then you have someone to boat with.  If you do not have a boat, and the H2O temp is cold, then you can rent a bike :)

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  • Blake

    See you all there at the Thompson Boat Center... I need to get some sleep now.. It is 4:30 am! :)

    April 18, 2014

  • Jesse G.

    Just a side note, I hate trying to find parking in DC with a boat on my roof so I will be paddling across the river and meet y'all at the TBC docks.

    April 15, 2014

    • Matt A.

      Sounds good, I'll see you there.

      April 16, 2014

    • Chris

      Great idea, I'll probably be there as well. Or may go to Roosevelt Island.

      April 17, 2014

  • Amy B.

    Great idea. I love to do this but Friday the 18th I will be at Outerbanks. Maybe Sunday? I know that is Easter Day.

    March 18, 2014

    • Blake

      Unfortunately on the 20th I will be at work! Sorry Amy :(

      April 15, 2014

    • Amy B.

      Oh well...there's always next time. Hope you're all still able to enjoy the Blossoms. I was there last Friday and it's beautiful!

      April 16, 2014

  • Chris

    I'm bringing my own boat. See everyone there.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jesse G.

    For those interested, here is some good data on water temperature and weather:

    http://buoybay.noaa.gov/locations/upper-potomac

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.851472914068175&lon=-77.02651977539062

    The next few days should be pretty nasty as a front moves through, but things should be pretty nice for Friday. I would come prepared for water temperatures in the mid to low 60's.

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    if traffic allows - bringing my own kayak & bicycle - water temp in Columbia Maryland today Saturday was approximatley 70 F - hyperthermia would take sometime with heavy weight wetsuit

    April 12, 2014

  • Avi

    Hi there, are we allowed to come w light clothing not w any special splash clothing?

    April 12, 2014

    • Blake

      Yes.. But splash clothing is a good idea if you have it

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there! My sister and I are boing camping next weekend and wanted to borrow a kayak. Does anyone know anybody who would loan me one like last year? Amanda

    April 4, 2014

  • Terry

    For anyone interested, Travel Zoo is offering $11vouchers to kayak the Potomac with lots of flexible dates good from April 19th thru September 30th.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hey Guys!! To those of you who are new to this, after speaking with Blake, there are a few things to keep in mind. The weather is mild this time of year and will be even colder on the water. Dress warmly and in layers, the top layer being waterproof if possible. You will get water in the kayaks and it will be cold water! Anyone having to order things for the season I can recommend Googling "splash pants and jackets." They are quite a bit cheaper than wet/dry suits and will do the trick just fine. Also, anyone in this group with experience in kayaking please email me. I will have a special request for you to help with but nothing big. Thank you to all who have decided to join! I look forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hey guys, is there anyone coming that has their own yak? I'm bringing mine as I am on a road trip. Just wondering if the water temp will be a deal breaker for everyone.

    March 20, 2014

  • Oscar W.

    This is a brilliant idea, good call!

    March 19, 2014

  • Sarah

    I'm super excited you guys are coming. I can't wait to meet you all!!!!

    March 18, 2014

  • Terry

    I have only yaked once but would njoy seeing the cherry blossoms!

    March 18, 2014

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