Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon to Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service. Choose between the following options:
• For $20, you get a single kayak rental (a $45 value)
• For $27, you get a tandem-rider kayak rental (a $55 value)
Buffalo Bayou Shuttle ferries riparian rowers to the myriad docks along the 26 miles of the Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail. Double-edged paddle wielders can stop off at Buffalo Bayou HQ or meet up with the land ferry at a prearranged launch point for on-the-spot kayak delivery and litter transportation down the trail to the river mouth. Aquatic adventurers can choose between a single or tandem sit-on-top or sit-inside kayak. Like a commencement speech delivered by a wildly unpredictable orator, the excursions can last anywhere from one to six hours. After enjoying the sylvan surroundings and the unconventional views of Houston's skyline, amateur boatswains meet up with the bus at the planned endpoint for transportation back to their cars and some downtime with which to reaffix their land-legs.
Despite Buffalo Bayou's ongoing efforts with several local conservation organizations, the water quality is not generally amenable to the prolonged dermal contact that comes with bathing or synchronized-swimming rehearsal.
Bayou Shuttle Service
Bayou Shuttle Service transports runners, surfers, cyclists, and adventurers toting rented kayaks and canoes to nearby trails and beaches for guided tours and lessons or DIY excitement. Experienced guides lead history-packed kayak tours such as the Houston Skyline Tour, which floats past panoramic views of towering skyscrapers, or the Adventures Tour, which increases heart rates with rushing rapids and an elevation drop more thrilling than jumping down the laundry chute at grandma's house. During all-day surfing lessons, students hop aboard shuttles from downtown Houston to Surfside Beach, where instructors teach nascent surfers to stand up and surf the waves. Bayou Shuttle Service also offers overnight surf trips, where pupils can sit beside campfires under the stars and tell scary stories about crab ghosts.