Numerous ecological regulations impact our fish, yet few volunteers are interested in doing the hard work of registering them to vote. Canvass your local waterways with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a two-hour guided kayak tour from Kayak Annapolis in Annapolis (up to a $65 value).
Kayak Annapolis entertains paddling ambitions with two-hour guided historical tours along the calm waters of Spa Creek. After a brief equipment description and ground-school session, tour-goers will cruise the tranquil waters surrounding Annapolis harbor in a sturdy Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL kayak. Along the river, paddlers can peer at historic homes and quaint oyster and crabbing boats in the town of Eastport, salute the United States Naval Academy, take pictures or rest at City Dock, and gawk at the Maryland State house, the nation’s oldest statehouse still occupied by founding-father imitators. Kayak Annapolis nourishes and hydrates guests with ample snacks, juices, and water, and recommends that visitors bring their own sunglasses, sunscreen, and other personal supplies.
With more than 30 years of combined kayak experience, the safety-certified and US Coast Guard-approved guides at Kayak Annapolis can impart unique local knowledge regarding Maryland history and wildlife or mime the state song to curious 'yakers.
When Pete and Kate Vonderheide moved from Hawaii to Annapolis to live closer to their family, they thought they'd have to give up a career of ocean kayaking to resume responsible office jobs. Soon they recognized the historic city harbor's lack of kayak tours and knew they couldn't stay inside forever. Their shared passion for history spurred them to research and interview the locals until they'd compiled enough historic material to start leading tours. Today, their tours can teach something new even to locals.
The Vonderheides continue to assemble a team of outdoor guides certified in CPR and first aid who all bear a well-researched knowledge of area wildlife and history. These experts lead two-hour scenic tours through the historic harbor. Starting each excursion with a brief paddling lesson, they put first-timers at ease with basic instruction and an amiable demeanor, unlike guides who rely only on their convincing Captain Ahab impressions. Excursions begin at the Spa Creek headwaters in Truxtun Park and lead participants into open-harbor waters to drift in full view of the state capitol building, the US Naval Academy, and historic Eastport. Trips peak at the City Dock, where participants receive a break to take photos and rest. On the return trip, guides field open-ended questions about city history such as presidential visits, the crabbing and oystering trade, and whether George Washington had to swim using floaties.