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Singles Spring Kayak on Lake Merritt!

  • Mar 30, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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After many requests over the past two years, we are finally organizing a singles event! Thanks for your patience!



Kayaking on Lake Merritt is so fun, the views stunning, and wildlife thriving -- and this event does not require you know how to swim as everyone wears a life jacket on this shallow lake!

We will learn about the history of the lake and identify wildlife in one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Binoculars provided.

Kayak rental rates are as low as $12 for Oakland residents. Please be prepared to bring cash as they do not take cards. For more information on pricing and options, please click HERE

Picnic to follow, so please bring a bag lunch.

Here is the rub...you must RSVP with at least one single friend of the opposite sex OR who does not want what you want gender-wise...ALL singles welcome! Just bring someone to support a good, diverse mix of people!

This specific event is intentioned to be pressure-free and for singles - this means if you are in a serious relationship, not-looking, separated, married, domestically partnered, wannabe single, not quite legally divorced, don't want to meet someone new, or otherwise unsure, we strongly recommend you do not positively RSVP to this event.

But fear not OA committed ones and Fearless Fence Sitters! We got mucho love for you too, and will offer more and regular Lake Merritt kayaks to everyone as more warmth descends on the bay!

What to bring:

  • A friend who does not want what you want in a new "friend" and you consider GREAT catch -- for somone else!
  • Sunscreen glasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Clothes you do not mind getting wet-ish
  • Smiles
  • Cash for the rental (no cards accepted)
  • Proof of residency to determine if you get the discounted Oakland rate
  • Did we mention smiles?
  • Water
  • Sack Lunch

See you there!

Rue

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  • Zee

    Fun times!!! looking forward to the next time

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first Outdoor Afro event and my first time kayaking - enjoyed both a lot. Thank you, Rue, for organizing. Was nice meeting everyone who attended. Looking forward to future events.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Terry G.

    Today was a blast ... No rain at all. Good company, plenty of laughs ... Let's do it again -- really really soon. God bless!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Rue M.

    Come next week!`

    March 30, 2013

  • Rue M.

    Thanks for coming out guys! I had a blast!

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So fun! Let's plan another one soon but it doesn't necessarily have to be just for singles. Just having cool people attend is great.

    2 · March 30, 2013

  • Valerie

    This looks like an awesome event, rain an all. Hope I can make it next time. Have fun ladies

    March 30, 2013

  • Tanya

    Sorry I won't be able to come thid time..got called in for work....but I would love to come to the next event. ..really wanted to try this out. :(

    March 30, 2013

  • Adrienne

    Can't make it after all. Have fun! (take plenty of pics)

    March 30, 2013

  • Rue M.

    Hey Single Paddlers,

    There is a 40% chance of rain, but we are NOT cancelling! I called the boathouse, and they will have paddling so long as it is not a DOWNPOUR! Even with a little rain, the weather will be on the warmer side.

    I will be there by 10:30, but the doors do not officially open until 11am. Bring CASH as they do not accept cards. See original invite for more details regarding price, etc.

    Please also bring layers of clothing, including rain protection for you and your cell phone.

    The views will be stunning - I can't wait to see you all!

    Best,

    Rue
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    March 30, 2013

  • Beverly

    unable to attend afterall..have fun everyone!

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Zee

    although I made the waiting list I will be attending! get excited!!! Hope the weather is great. See ya

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Don't forget to bring someone! :)

      March 27, 2013

  • Tanya

    Its going to rain sat...is there going to still be an event?

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Rue M.

      We will only cancel in a downpour of rain. Sprinkles? We are still on!

      March 27, 2013

  • Mareesa V.

    Hey I made the waiting list but I'd like to come! I'll only crash if I can bring a single guy friend or two with me :) Is that okay?

    1 · March 27, 2013

    • Rue M.

      That works!

      March 27, 2013

  • Tanya

    I never been to one of these event but I'm trying to get out and meet new people...step out of the box

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never been to one of your meet-ups, interested in this one but, 1) it's full; 2) I don't have a single female friend who would go w/me (I'm a bit of a social nerd which is why I'm looking to get out more). If you have this again and open to any single person to come alone - I'm in. Enjoy.

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Travis, I would come if I were you. We care more that people are genuinely single versus if they have a friend to being too. It's all about fun, and not taking ourselves too seriously. And considering the high proportion of women who RSVP'd, I doubt if a single man would topple the apple cart :)

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this!

    March 24, 2013

  • Kerry

    Darn' it....I made the WaitList!!!!! Can I come and just prospect for available cuties?

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Rue M.

      haha - sure come!

      March 24, 2013

  • Rhonda J.

    Can't make it this time. Enjoy!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello ladies, I just recruited a Single, Handsome, Phlebotomist to our group. He is quite eager to meet up everyone here especially for Kayaking:)

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Tell me come on over!

      1 · March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have given him information about this group.

      March 12, 2013

  • Ness

    Ok ladies. I just reached out to "1, 2, 3...10" of my guy friends encouraging them to come. Can I ask that sumbody, anybody, everybody do the same or similar for me n the other women? Thank you.

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Great idea Vanessa and true to the fun of this event! See you there with 1, 2, 3, or ten of your single friends!

      March 7, 2013

  • Tanya M.

    I am single, don't want to be and really appreciate events catered to helping me meet a like minded mate. Thank you so much for your efforts in organizing this event. However, I have noticed all the people who have replied are women. I am straight. Will there be any men?

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Thank you for your generous comments. I had no ideas this was going to be received in such a conflicted way considering all the requests to do something like this :) The goal is for everyone to bring someone good for someone ELSE! So if you are a straight woman, I would recommend you bring a male homey who is looking for a woman. That said, I want every single person who is looking to know they are welcome, and have as diverse group as possible - Meaning not all women! ;) Well, we'll see how it goes, but those are the intentions! Thanks again for your comments Tanya!

      March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed the whole para where it says if dating seriously do not positively replay...got it! We wont be joining you but will miss all the fun..anyway have a great day then:)

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this event strictly for singles?
    How about couples?
    Can Clay & I attend this event?

    March 7, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Yes, indeed it is. I am in the process of scheduling another kayak trip open to everyone. This one does have a particular focus. Thanks for understanding.

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • Felíçia T.

    I never got that impression from Outdoor Afro. I figured since I came into the world single, single denoted here meant just me, no inference or implication to anything else. Of course' I also know I'm incredible on my own. Just sayin'...

    1 · March 6, 2013

    • Terry G.

      I think way much emphasis is placed on one word people dang lighten up ... Come straight, gay, single or whatever just come :) if you want too ... Much love

      2 · March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Thanks Terry!

      March 6, 2013

  • Rue M.

    So sorry folks! Just realized the original date is EASTER so we are moving it to the day before!

    March 6, 2013

  • Adrienne

    excited to be able to attend! :-)

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Terry G.

    Ok I am a bit confused ... Are we to bring someone with us?

    March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Yes DO bring someone for someone ELSE to meet! We all know great people we know are a good catch!

      March 6, 2013

  • Felíçia T.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Miriam T.

    can't do the day change, next time

    March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Sorry Miriam! We will have others, but not sure if they will be single-themed as this is somewhat of an experiment!

      March 6, 2013

    • Miriam T.

      That's ok, I don't have anyone to bring anyway.

      1 · March 6, 2013

  • Jason H

    Curious to know though how many of you all can't swim lol? I can't lol...not sure about this activity lol

    March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Not sure, but swimming skills are not required. Did you know most of the lake is about 4-5 feet? it's deepest center is about 13ft!

      March 6, 2013

  • Adrienne

    Yay, singles event :-) Wish I could go! I attend church on Sundays.

    1 · March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      We changed the date because it was EASTER!

      1 · March 6, 2013

  • Jennie M.

    I can't wait. This sounds like so much fun.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what if were not at all interested in the singles aspect ie not looking, but just want to kayak w group, are we uninvited?

    March 6, 2013

    • Rue M.

      We are abundant in opportunities for everyone, yet focused about this particular one. You can come, sure, but please respect the intention. As we said, we WILL have a similar event for everyone soon. Rest assured, OA will not become an obliquely single focused community. This is a first!

      March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok thanks i will see about the next one instead

      1 · March 6, 2013

  • Sharina

    Married so Im not invited lol have fun !!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Rue M.

      Tell your single friends and lookout for the next one!]

      March 5, 2013

    • Sharina

      Will do :)

      March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun! Now I just have to find a friend to bring. :) Does this mean there will be 50 of us total? Or 25?

    March 5, 2013

    • Rue M.

      We are flexible, but a total of 20-25 is the goal to keep it intimate

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I kinda sorta might have a boyfriend, so I can't go! Have a fun event!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Rue M.

      <3 Next time@

      March 5, 2013

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