GULF SHORES, AL — Have you noticed Summer seems to get shorter every year that passes? We have. This year it seems Summer began and then it ended — too quickly for our liking.
Unfortunately for us nature doesn’t slow or stop because we aren’t ready for it to advance. When autumn season comes in the Gulf Shores area, low tides throughout the day make our launch area too shallow to comfortably launch kayaking guests.
In years past, Summer’s end meant permanently storing our kayaks and changing the Voicemail message to encourage a return the following Summer season.
Beginning Oct. 18, BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals will take our kayaks “on the road” to a determined location on the Foley, Alabama Kayak Trail and will offer one float daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at a rate of $40 for single kayaks, $80 for doubles and $100 for fishing kayaks.
Launch locations will be determined by the river guide when a minimum reservation requirement of six kayaks has been met.
Here’s what will make BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals’ guided tours different than others: tours are affordable and of short duration — this way you can get on to enjoying other amusement or recreational activities for the remainder of these short autumn/winter days.
Here’s why we can offer the experience at such low rates: our tours won’t profess to be an “eco-tour,” “fishing tour” or any kind of “expert” or training-type tour.
BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals will simply offer an opportunity to enjoy recreation via kayak on a body of water guided by a leader who will assure you return to the proper launch in the prescribed time allowed.
Our hope is that there is a population of guests who will like to kayak a river but don’t have a desire to be “schooled” or “entertained.” These guests will, however, appreciate someone to do the “grunt work” — to carry their kayaks, life jackets, paddles etc., tie down their packs and see to it they enter and exit the boats with assistance (if needed).
Our expectation is that kayaking guests who choose this adventure will want to experience a silent, contemplative journey. One in which the kayaker can feel “alone” but will have the security of knowing there is a guide visible in the distance — like a silent beacon to follow — without navigation and time concerns.
This will not be the time to chat up guides with queries about flora or fauna, local history, real estate values or architectural home styles and such. Oh, no. It will be a time to observe, savor, photograph — and research your findings later.
Want to take part of this inaugural guided kayaking journey with BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals? If so, don’t hesitate. Reservations will be considered as early as Oct. 15 Read more here:
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE:
River Rick is a born “River Rat” and has been employed to guide tourists through National Park scenic river floats and down deep, natural caves. He is a straight-from-Dogpatch “character” (I mean that literally. He grew up working at a tourist park called “Dogpatch” and he was employed to be a “character” ) so by nature of his “nature” you may be “entertained.”