How about enjoying a leisurely kayak on one of the most scenic sections on the Charles River? We will be starting from Boston, in Allston/Brighton and head downstream past (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) to the Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and Museum of Science, with views of the unforgettable Boston skyline, then paddle back to Allston/Brighton.
This nine-mile round trip stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. Pack a snack/lunch and water.
This is an adult only, and no pet event.
Time: 11:30 am (paddle time, approximately 4+ hours on the water, plus time for a lunch break. Persons planning rentals, please arrive early and plan accordingly)
Location: Charles River Canoe and Kayak,Boston Location ,in Allston Brighton,1071 Soldier's Field Road Boston Allston/Brighton), Massachusetts in front of the rental booth
Kayak rentals are available through Charles River Kayak and Rental http://www.paddleboston.com/boston.php
If you are renting a kayak, please arrive 15 minutes early to start the rental paperwork.
If you plan to kayak less than 4 hours, please make arrangements in advance with someone to paddle back (for safety reasons).
If you have an inflatable kayak please have it inflated by 11:30 am.
If you are attending this event with an inflatable kayak, you must be able to confidently keep up with the rest of the group.
Parking location: is at the Charles River Canoe and Kayak Rental Area. See above address.
Parking: is free to those who have their own kayak or who rent one (according to Charles River Kayak Rental staff). Note: Parking signs near the Charles River Rental kiosk say 2 hour parking only, but the staff all park there and have for years and have never gotton a ticket. We can always double double check again when we get there.
Note; I can not guarentee parking, or kayak rental availability, but Charles River Kayak Rental says kayaks and parking are generally available.
More parking options;
If you can't find parking at the Charles River kayak and rental place there is another parking option;
The Artesani Playground in Herter Park located at 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA.
This is just beyond the kiosk for Charles River Canoe & Kayak, and the parking lot is labeled "D", the one at Charles River Canoe & Kayak I think is labeled "B".
The plan is to meet at the Rental booth at 11:30 am. I will have my red kayak with me.
Weather: Note; If the weather is inclement on Saturday, we can always reschedule this to the next day or week.
If there is interest; we can explore post kayak dining options (perhaps the nearby Stonehearth Pizza in Allston, or???
• AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.