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Valentine Loop Trip Report – March 2014

Valentine Lake Hike

The day started off gray and drizzly, and a few anxious moments were spent wondering if rain and/or inclement weather would ruin our day.  However as we set out on our trek, the sky started to clear, giving us excellent hiking weather. Our team started the loop along the shore of the lake and we […] Continue Reading

Indian Bayou Basinkeeper Paddle Fundraiser March 2014

Basinkeeper Indian Bayou Paddle Pack & Paddle

This paddle was a fundraiser for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper organization.  This organization spends all of their time and efforts to preserve our greatest Louisiana treasure, which is the Atchafalaya Basin. This particular paddle is one of my favorite in the swamp, actually it’s hard to have a definite favorite because it is all so beautiful for […] Continue Reading

Trip Report – Howl at the Moon Paddle February 2014

Howl at the Moon Lake Martin Pack & Paddle

Lake Martin is truly a wonderful place that never gets old, especially when you have perfect weather and a perfect sunset. We put in on time, but with the early sunset at 6:00 pm, we had to get in and get moving without delay. We got our sunset photo and started moving to the south end of the […] Continue Reading

Morning Paddle at Lake Martin Feb 2014

Morning Paddle at Lake Martin Feb 2014 Pack & Paddle

You know its gonna be a good day when you start it with an early morning paddle at Lake Martin. It started a little chilly but that didn’t keep us away.  With a mix of kayaks, canoes and one paddle board we made our way to the south end of the lake. We meandered through […] Continue Reading

Backbone Hike Trip Report February 2014

Backbone Hike Pack & Paddle

We left Pack & Paddle just after 7am and headed north on I-49. It’s easy to remember the exit number on I-49 because it is the same number as the highway that we head west on. That is 119, highway and exit. We met under the interstate before heading to the Backbone trail in Red Dirt Wilderness […] Continue Reading

Paddle across Atachafalaya Basin 2013 – Trip Leader Adventure

This is an adventure that two of Pack & Paddle’s Trip Leaders took in December of 2013. It is quite the story! Read on: I wanted to have a kayak adventure in the Atchafalaya Swamp since the weather cooled, luckily I’m not the only one. Kevin and I, both guides for Pack & Paddle, made a plan […] Continue Reading

Nature Station Hike January 2014 Trip Report

Nature Station Hike Pack & Paddle

This hike is by far the best hike in Lafayette! Yes I know…it is the only place to hike in Lafayette but my what a beautiful hike it is. We met at Pack & Paddle then made our way to the Nature Station – North trail system, you can add some mileage if you hike […] Continue Reading

Overnight Paddle Camping at Lake Fausse Pointe Jan 2014

This was one of those trips that was just supposed to happen.

This was one of those trips that was just supposed to happen. We canceled the trip because of only one sign up but then a couple of folks from Minnesota called Friday afternoon planning on going on it the next morning.  I changed the plans I had at that point to accommodate the travelers and […] Continue Reading

Wild Azalea Trail Backpacking trip November 2013

Wild Azalea Trail

Days before, we decided to change our original plans for this trip and hike the complete Wild Azalea Trail from start to finish.  We all agreed that the mileage would not be a problem and welcomed the challenge. We started the trip on Friday night at the WAT (Wild Azalea Trail) North Trail Head around 8:00 PM and hiked […] Continue Reading

Jackson Cuda 12

The new Jackson Cuda 12 has finally hit the floor at Pack & Paddle.  This fishing kayak gives you all the great features of the red-hot Cuda 14 in a more maneuverable and lighter weight package.  Great features from the Cuda 14 such as the popular hi/lo seating, clever rod and tackle storage, and the […] Continue Reading

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