Periodic rains in June and July made for some great summer river days in the Spokane and North Idaho Region. Currently we are waiting for the fall release of water from Lake Coeur d’Alene to bring play back to the Spokane River. This how ever has not kept the kayaking community from getting out and enjoying some fun and sun on the water.
One of the great things about paddling is the communities desire to give back through kayaking. In early August the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club went out to a kids Cancer camp called Camp Goodtymes and spent the day introducing the kids to kayaking.
On August 11th Team River Runner, Local kayakers, and EWU Epic Adventures donated their time to take a group of Wounded Warrior Veterans rafting and kayaking on the Clark Fork River of Montana. The group was full of energy and had a great day on the water.
On Saturday August 24th Hydrology Kayak School and a group of Local Boaters met up at Deer Lake to take Wounded Warrior Veterans paddling around the lake. Some of the Veterans opted for some basic introduction into whitewater kayaking (strokes and T-Rescues). They we played a very competitive and fun game of kayak polo that went on until most could barely get enough energy to paddle back to the beach.
August 19th was a particularly incredible day. It took a huge coming together of all in Spokane to be able to provide a day of introduction to kayaking for twenty five blind/sight impaired veterans. Instruction and a great fun/positive energy was brought by over twenty volunteers from Spokane Valley Fire Department, EWU Epic Adventures, Peak7 Adventures, NIC Outdoor Recreation, Spokane Parks and Rec., Spokane County Fire District 8, Fairchild Air force Base, Team River Runner Spokane, and local paddlers. Equipment was provided by EWU Epic, Hydrology Kayak School, Mountain Gear, & FAFB. FAFB and Flow-Adventures help provide transportation and Spokane County Parks allowed us to use the swim beach at Liberty Lake for the perfect venue. A huge thanks goes out to Mark the owner of David’s Pizza for bringing out his fire truck sized mobile pizza truck and donating a hot tasty lunch. All of the vets and volunteers had a great time and it was truly inspiring to see how eager and fearless the group was! They took to the water so quickly that the instructors couldn’t keep up! Thanks again to the Blinded Veterans Association for bringing us this opportunity, and bringing guys together from all over the U.S. from as far away as the U.K. It was a great experience to meet them all and share some time kayaking.

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