Outdoor and Indoor Activities Mixer: Kayaking and Go-Kart Racing

Are you feeling the threat of Fall weather approaching? Are you doing anything to make sure you get the every last bit of Summer before it permanently leaves us? Let’s go have a day of fun by doing some outdoor and indoor activities, deriving the best out of both worlds!

First, let’s plan to gather together at 11:30am for a two-hour Kayak Trip at Island Lakes Recreational Park. Meet everyone at the Kayak/Canoe rental place right on the lake. Bring some light snacks and water with you. Right now, there is a LivingSocial deal going on, so you can rent a Kayak for only $13. Here is the link: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/cities/14-detroit-wayne-county/721094-two-hour-kayak-trip-concert

(Location: 12950 East Grand River Ave Brighton, MI - "Take 96 west toward Lansing until you get to the Kensington Road exit (#151). Turn right and follow the signs to the Island Lake Recreation area. Turn left into the recreation area and follow the sign to the canoe rental")

Second, we will head over to Novi for some Go-Kart Racing, at JD Racing Indoor Karting (Location: 44225 W. TWELVE MILE RD). We will most likely get there around 3-3:30pm. For those who only want to play go-karting, you are welcome to meet us there.


Last, but not least, what every party needs is food. We will take the party to our all time favorite restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings which is at the same place as the Go-Karting place, literally within walking distance. (Location: 44375 W 12 Mile Rd Novi)

Feel free to attend all events or any event. The goal is to have fun! If you get lost or simply want to check the whereabouts of the “fun group”, give me a ring at [masked].

This event will be on rain or shine. The weather forecast shows we will have some nice sunny weather on Saturday. However, if it rains, we will simply skip Kayaking and take the party directly indoors to the Go-Karting place. 



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  • Lois & J.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us on Saturday. It was a blast! A special thanks to Sonia for all the great photos she took for us and uploaded! And of course, a special thanks to our wonderful team of Josh and Paul who made the experience fun and memorable!

    August 4, 2013

  • Frank D.

    Best Time I have Had in a long time.

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • Lois & J.

    We are at Buffalo Wild Wing. We are hungry after the fun kayaking! Join us at BWW!!!! Alternatively, we should be moving over to Go-Karting between 5 - 530pm.

    August 3, 2013

  • Lois & J.

    Just a friendly tip, it might be a good idea to bring a change of clothes. For those who wants to go for a swim, bring your swimming suit!

    August 3, 2013

  • ed

    I'm a maybe for the go Kart? 3:30 huh? for how long? 6?

    August 2, 2013

    • Lois & J.

      We should be there at around 3pm. Length of go-karting depends on how many games people want to play. We will then head over to have some food at BWW. I doubt it will take longer than 6pm, unless we decide to have an after party :-). Hope this helps to answer some of your questions.

      August 2, 2013

  • Lois & J.

    I have called and reserved us 4 tandem Kayaks which will fit 8 people. If they have single kayaks there tomorrow, we also have the ability to swap. Reservation is under my name: Lois Li.

    August 2, 2013

  • Matthew

    I just called Heavner Canoe & Kayak [masked]) to reserve a kayak for the Island Lake location tomorrow. He said they only reserve from 9-11am, so I made a reservation for 11am. After that, they are usually all sold out on the weekend, and people just get in them as they get back throughout the day. Then he said that they don't have many kayaks/canoes at the Island Lake location, so everyone in the meetup group who wants to rent one needs to call them and reserve one so they know how many they need to drive out their on Saturday. The main number is for the Milford location, so make sure to specify the Island Lake location.

    August 2, 2013

    • Lois & J.

      Thanks for the update, Matthew!

      August 2, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Sounds like a blast! I have my own 1-person canoe!

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alright!

    August 2, 2013

  • Matthew

    Thanks for thorough explanation, Lois. The google maps looks like it links to a park & ride lot on the west side of US-23. I had thought that maybe you intended to meet there and carpool to save some people the park entrance fee.

    July 31, 2013

    • Lois & J.

      My pleasure, Matthew. I'm glad that you found the information useful! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

      July 31, 2013

  • Alex

    Great ideas! I'll see everyone there for go-carting.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we take our own kayaks?

    July 31, 2013

  • Matthew

    This meetup was confusing me. The map and address at top links to downtown Brighton. When I look up heavener canoe rental, they have 3 locations with the main address being in Milford (2775 garden rd. Milford, Mi 48381). But for the Island lake location it says to go south on exit 151 (Kensington Rd) from I-96 and go left on State Pkwy which turns into Kent lake road and takes you to the location. I also don't see any special deal on Living Social for August 3rd. On the heavener website it says $27 for 2 hours for self return of lake (kent lake?) canoeing/kayaking. It's more for downriver. Where do you see the $13 special?

    July 30, 2013

    • Lois & J.

      Thanks for your great questions, Matthew. Firstly, the address for Island Lake Recreational Center is as stated above, which can be found in confirmation on the State of Michigan website. Assuming you used GoogleMap, it can sometimes lead you to "undesirable alternative locations." Secondly, the direction given on the Heavener Canoe Rental is correct. Please follow "Take 96 west toward Lansing until you get to the Kensington Road exit (#151). Turn right and follow the signs to the Island Lake Recreation area. Turn left into the recreation area and follow the sign to the canoe rental." If your GPS or google map indicates otherwise, it is wrong. Thirdly, Living Social coupon provides two options when you click on the option to purchase, 1) a specific date with concert or 2) 2 hours rental valid for any day of the season. Please pick the option for any day of the season.

      July 30, 2013

    • Lois & J.

      Please kindly keep in mind, Living Social coupon might run out. It is not guaranteed :) Hope the above satisfies your questions.

      July 30, 2013

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