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  1. micah April 28, 2013 8:00 pm /

    yakking at its finest! great time and great tour. the guide was personable and very good looking….

  2. Bonnie Lytle May 15, 2013 8:12 am /

    Congratulations Danny! I wish you much success and know this will be an awesome adventure for you and your lucky clients. I hope to come along on one of your paddles this summer.

  3. Danny Barker June 3, 2013 2:30 pm /

    Awwww…..shucks…. Thanks for the compliment and I’m glad you could enjoy it! Please come out again!

  4. Danny Barker June 3, 2013 2:31 pm /

    Thank you Bonnie! Can’t wait to have you along on a Penguin Paddle!

  5. Regan June 16, 2013 11:12 pm /

    Quick silly question. I haven’t paddled for a long time. Like more than 20 years, and then just casually on Lake Accotink. Is the Occoquan River tour something I could do?

  6. Danny Barker June 17, 2013 9:58 pm /

    Hey Regan! Thank you for the note. The occoquan is a very mellow, flat-water, and relaxing paddle. That said, I have found that people of reasonable fitness levels have little trouble figuring out kayaking. I have had people of all sizes from 105lb ladies to 300 lb men in my boats. I have chosen the Occoquan specifically for the purpose of providing a nice easy place to introduce people to kayaking. Paddling is “like riding a bike” so to speak! Does this answer your question specifically enough? Please give me a call at 801-455-6475 sometime tomorrow if you’d like more information. Thanks again and have a great day!


  7. Laura July 10, 2013 9:39 pm /

    Hi Danny, this is a follow up to Regan’s earlier email, but about paddling on the Potomac, which I would imagine is a somewhat different experience from the Occaquan. My husband and I have been paddling on Urbanna Creek, off the Rappahannock River, but would liKe to try one of your trips on the Potomac. We are not experienced paddlers, but really enjoy the experience whenever we are on the water. What are your thoughts on paddling the Potomac?

  8. Danny Barker July 11, 2013 1:20 pm /

    Hi Laura!

    Thanks for your inquiry about my Washington DC trip. I have found that most people in decent shape have little or no trouble completing the tour. That is not to say that it is not a workout though. While I feel most people are able to complete the tour comfortably, at the end of it you will know that you had some physical activity. It is a low impact workout, but a workout nonetheless.
    Typically, the water around the DC waterfront is fairly calm, so long as the weather is cooperative. If you are a reasonably active person I would venture a guess that the paddle tour falls within your ability level. As far as the tour itself goes, it was of my favorite places to paddle when I paddle for personal recreation. The views are stunning and impressive. I prefer the sunset tour as it really gives you a unique perspective of DC and an awesome experience. To my knowledge, I am the only business providing the sunset tour via kayak from Columbia Island Marina. If you have any more questions or would like to contact me in regards to anything please let me know!

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