[Kayaking the Potomac River]  
Kayaking the Potomac River, just upstream from the mouth of the Monocacy River. The kayak is beached on an uninhabited island in the river.  

John Santic's Paddling Page 

I have always liked "the outdoors", but that usually meant "the outdoors—on land". In the fall of 1996, I decided to expand my adventuring horizons by purchasing a kayak. I read-up about kayaking and studied manufacturer's literature. Pretty soon, I narrowed down the selection based on the type of kayaking I intended to do: flatwater touring. I wanted to get close to nature and needed a kayak that was stable enough that I could take pictures from the kayak without worrying about tipping over. I also wanted a kayak that would be easy to get in and out of—let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and I'm not as agile as I used to be. As an extra requirement, I was thinking about buying (and living on) a sailboat, so I wanted a kayak that would be easy to carry on a liveaboard sailboat.

After considering all the choices, I purchased a Klepper folding kayak, specifically an Aerius Single (single as in "one seat"; they also make a double). I've been very happy with the Klepper, and have taken it on numerous paddling trips. At the time, I lived in Frederick, Maryland, and paddled at a few locations in central Maryland. I mostly paddled in southern Maryland, which has lots of really good locations, especially the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers and the numerous creeks that feed those rivers. All of the local paddling trips were "day trips", but I have also taken the Klepper out west for a multi-day kayak camping trip.


[Pickerel Weed] [A creek off Triadelphia Reservoir]

I think kayaking is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern living, and just slow down and commune with nature. I really enjoy paddling up a winding creek, first passing through the tall rustling grasses of a marsh, then through the leafy green woodlands of the headwaters. All the while the creek gets narrower and shallower until finally the kayak slides to a stop, aground. Now I turn around and get to enjoy the creek all over again, in the opposite direction. The whole time, I'm silently observing my surroundings, making as little impact as possible, amid the wildlife and natural scenery. The kingfishers and herons, the cordgrass and spatterdock, the fish jumping for insects, the ospreys and eagles, the red maples and marsh hibiscus. Kayaking up a flatwater creek is a great way to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the living wetlands.


Practical Paddling Details

I have a lot of notes about paddling—various tips and comments that I've accumulated. I also have detailed information about my kayak and accessories. Instead of presenting all of that information on one page, I will give you a few links to click. These links take you to other pages on my web site that have the detailed information.

Paddling Trips

I've been on quite a few paddling trips, and have lots of pictures and comments to share. It's too much information to put on this page, so I created several other pages on my web site. The information is arranged by region; within each region, you can click on the links I provide to see the specific trips. I've paddled at some locations more than once; in this case, I've combined the multiple trips on to one page.

Maryland Piedmont

Maryland Coastal Plain

Virginia

Other Locations

Links To Pages On My Web Site

Internet Links

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