Since we had not been out to one of our county metro parks lately we decided to travel down to the Wellington Reservation where there is the prairie trail and the lake trail. If you combine them all you can get in about a 4 mile walk. But we arrived there around noon and the temperatures and humidity were pretty high so we decided it might be cooler to take out one of the paddle boats. This metro park has a 21 plus acre lake and in the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day you can exercise your legs paddling one of these 4 person boats around the lake. You can enjoy it for a full 2 hours and fish off of it if you have your own equipment. We were very thankful that there was a canopy on top as the sun was at it’s highest peek. So we set out and went away from the sun staying closer to the shore line where there was some shade and more wild life to see. But eventually one must turn around and then we were hit by the full force of the sun! With the required life jackets on we got very hot very fast! So we had to cut our 2 hour allotment of time down to just one hour as we somehow forgot to lather up with sun screen and carry water on board. But even though our excursion was cut short by extreme heat it was fun and a different form of exercise.
The Wellington Reservation also has added a boat launch pad so you can bring your own canoe, kayak, or other non-motorized boat and set sail to the open water. Go fishing for Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, or bring on board a whole lot of Bluegill. Or just paddle around and watch and listen to Mother Nature. Be sure to take that sun screen and a lot of water. And why not check out our Explore the Parks Package. You could enjoy your lunch right on your paddle boat!
The boat ramp for private launching View form our paddle boat The shore line The paddle boats