Kathy Smothers

Ranger, Moon Paddler, Dawn Paddler


Kalamazoo, MI

Member since:

October 16, 2010



I have always had an obsession with rivers, even as a child. I find it tranquil, yet it stirs my soul... I also enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, traveling, gardening, cooking, yoga, sewing, and all the arts.

Please describe your boat(s).

Liquid Logic, Remix XP 9

How would you describe your kayaking experience? e.g. beginner (not been out yet to a few times), novice(been out more than a dozen times), kayak regularly (been out lots of times),been-there-done- that.(out in all conditions)


Do you accept responsibility for your own safety and the safety of any guest you bring, while kayaking with the group? yes or no.


Please write briefly about kayak safety? Name a hazard and how you avoid it.

I always wear a pfd with a whistle attached. Three years ago, as a new paddler, the first lesson I learned, was to NEVER gab hold of a stationary object (such as a tree branch) while the current is moving you along. You WILL no doubt, end up in the river. Also, navigate away from strainers where there is a current, because the current can pull your boat in and flip it.

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  • Steve & Nancy Plank

    Congratulations­ Kathy, you are lucky member #400!

    Jul 09, 2014 10:12 PM
  • Carol Self

    Hi Kathy. I am not originally from here either but have lived here for 15 yrs and love it too. I am just checking out those who rsvp'd for the mall event just to make sure all attending are not young'uns. I am old enough to be an empty nester, have 2 that have flown, but still a 13 yr old at home : )

    Jun 11, 2014 8:13 AM
  • Henry J. Flandysz

    The Kazoo Walkers and Hikers Meetup Group

    You have to be the "Kathy" i had such a nice conversation with over lunch today. Talk to your friends about real estate. I'm thinking they'll agree with me that you're a "natural" for the profession!

    Nov 09, 2013 4:41 PM
  • Patrick R Demers

    Kathy, you are my favourite candy lipsticked, pickled egg eating, pizza pie sharing, micro-brew tour-leading fellow West Michigan kayaker. "And, we'll have fun, fun, fun til your daddy takes the T-Bird away!"

    Sep 02, 2013 9:55 AM
  • Julie A. Bradfield

    Kalamazoo Activity Enthusiasts

    Hey Kathy, me and the family plan to camp up north Labor Day weekend and are going to try to make the Floatilla. You still going?

    Aug 12, 2013 9:48 AM
  • Chalene

    Thanks for your interest Kathy. I am trying to find an access point to the Kent Trails somwhere around 44th in Wyoming, MI as I'd like to meet before the bike ride at the Nutrition-N-Mor­e club house located on Breton and 44th. If you have any suggestions, send them my way!

    May 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Michigan Photo Adventures

    Hi Kathy! Welcome to MPA! We have lots of exciting meetups on our calendar...Hope­ to see you at one soon! Jack

    Apr 10, 2013 3:46 PM
  • Janice

    Nourishing Ways of West Michigan

    Hi Kathy, no worries! The Weston A. Price Foundation is the parent organization for our local chapter. It is dedicated to educating consumers about nutrient dense foods and connecting farmers with consumers. The cookbook that is the main reference is called Nourishing Traditions and I highly recommed it. Make sure you get a new member folder at the next presentation night and pick up some of the brochures. If it helps you feel better I am constantly learning as well!

    Apr 06, 2013 6:09 PM
  • John

    Grand Rapids Hiking & Adventure Group


    I drove from Ionia to Kalamazoo and back today.
    The roads are fine, just go slow, be careful and you will be fine.

    Feb 02, 2013 7:28 PM
  • Michal Ann Benedict Enders

    Hi Kathy, our put ins are quite well marked. Check the maps. If you have a question about a specific kayaking meetup let me know!

    Jul 10, 2011 8:04 PM
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