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Brenda & Aaron's 3rd annual Christmas Lights Canal Paddle

Would you like to see decorated homes with Christmas lights from your kayak?

Punta Gorda has a 30+ year tradition of decorating their backyards with lights and many decorations. You will see lights,lights and more lights.

We will be out for about 2.5 to 3 hours.It's about a 45 minute paddle to the main lighted areas.  You should be comfortable kayaking at night! We will be in protected waters, except for a short swing out in the Harbor to get to the main lighted areas. Never more than 20 or so feet from the seawall. You must have a light, not only is it the law, it's quite prudent for safety.I like headlamps, they keep your hands free.

I would suggest only paddlers that are very confident would enjoy this trip, besides night travel, we will be close to some tour boats when in the main lighted areas. Just stay close to the seawall. Keep an eye on the temperature, it may be cool.

If you would like to decorate your kayak, that would be great. They have small battery powered string LED lights at Big Lots, Target and such. Brenda and I decorate our boats for the season. Not only is it festive, it's safer too !

 

 

 

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  • debbie M

    Thanks Janet for posting the x-mas pictures

    December 16, 2013

  • debbie M

    Steve Thanks for posting your great pictures
    Love it
    What a great night
    Love Ya

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Aaron

    Thanks to everyone who showed up, all of you were a joy to paddle with ! The hosts forgot their camera, so special thanks to all that took these great pics. I always wondered how far this trip was, so special thanks to Darlene for bringing the GPS. Looking forward to seeing all of you again soon.

    3 · December 15, 2013

  • debbie M

    Thanks Anne for Posting these great pictures

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • debbie M

    What an incredible evening we had. The weather couldn't have been better, the moon all most full over our heads, and Christmas lights illuminating the sky & water all around us. It was lovely & even more so that I got to enjoy it with my paddling Buddies. Aaron & Brenda you did a Great Job. I Love All You Guys. Have a great Christmas & be safe for the New Years.

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • Darlene

    Beautiful night, beautiful people and beautiful lights! 7.85 enjoyable miles.

    3 · December 15, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Thanks for a wonderfully entertaining night, Brenda & Aaron!! What an impressive show! What a beautiful night and such fun!! Who needs Rockefeller Center!? Hope you feel better quickly, Aaron!

    4 · December 14, 2013

  • Judy

    Thank you so much Brenda and Aaron, it was a beautiful and festive night on the water. Feel better soon Aaron

    3 · December 14, 2013

  • Brenda

    Awesome group. We had a great time. Thanks to all for a great psddle

    2 · December 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for hosting this terrific paddle. I hope your hubby feels better.

      1 · December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful! This paddle made me feel the same awe and wonder as I did at five years old. Can we do it again?

    4 · December 14, 2013

  • Kumiko W.

    It was just great!!! I have never seen that much Christmas lights. It was just pure fun. Thanks Brenda and Aaron for this paddle, looking forward for next year.

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Anne X.

    Fantastic paddle! Thanks Aaron and Brenda for leading this fun paddle to see the lights in Punta Gorda! I look forward to next year!

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Janet

    I always have a blast on this paddle.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • nick l.

    One of my all time best paddles, ever!! Thank you Aaron and Brenda.

    3 · December 14, 2013

  • debbie M

    got up hungry this morning, Good morning every one
    Didn't hear anything about food LOL

    December 14, 2013

    • Brenda

      Last trip we went to Harpoon Harry after. We can go there if anyone wants

      1 · December 14, 2013

  • Cindi A.

    Darn, my plans have changed and I cannot join in this paddle. Enjoy

    December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry but will have to miss this paddle after all. I will be thinking of all of you!

    December 10, 2013

  • Judy

    This sounds like so much fun, glad I made it off the waitlist. I just paddled in the Braden River boat parade on 12/8 and was the only kayak that won a prize. "Most Creative". Even tho I lost some decorations during the paddle, I will still be festively decorated !

    1 · December 10, 2013

  • Janet

    Yea ! Made it in ! The delivery elf will be there again this year !

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi guys
    sorry - have to cancel, have a friend coming in town...
    will probably end up at the sarasota boat parade.
    have a great night!

    December 8, 2013

  • Ann

    Darn! Wasn't sure if I would get in, so I made other plans. On to the next waitlisted!

    December 7, 2013

  • Aaron

    Anyone going on this trip should be able to paddle at a "moderate" pace. Unless you're used to it, night kayaking is very different from daytime. We will be going thru sort of a " maze" of canals. Just want everyone to be comfortable and have a great time and an exceptional experience.

    December 6, 2013

  • Bruce L.

    Sounds like great fun so hope there will be room for us!!!!

    December 2, 2013

  • Janet

    Did this last year and hoping to make it in this year. Looking forward to seeing you all again!!!

    December 1, 2013

  • Bruce L.

    Would love to be able to do this paddle!! Let us know if there is room for us. We have a tandem kayak.

    November 25, 2013

    • Brenda

      Watch waitlist for status change

      November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have enough confidence
    at this point. I'll get there
    eventually.

    November 24, 2013

  • Anne X.

    I have great lights for my boat

    1 · November 24, 2013

16 went

  • Aaron
    explorer 1/27/2015,
    Event Host
  • Darlene
    EXPLORER 5/9/2015
  • David
    Explorer 4/30/2015
  • debbie M
    Explorer Dec 21, 2014, Assistant Organizer
  • Bruce L.
    Explorer 5/24/2015
  • Kay C
    Explorer 6/23/2017, Assistant Organizer
  • Steve B.
    Explorer 6/20/2017, Assistant Organizer
  • al
    explorer 9/16/2016
  • Judy
    explorer 3/22/2015
  • Kumiko W.
    Explorer 6/20/2017
  • Anne X.
    Kayak & Movie Goddess-Explorer Feb 16, 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Janet
    EXPLORER 3/17/15
  • nick l.
    Explorer 6/21/17, Assistant Organizer
  • Brenda
    Explorer 12/26/2014
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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