I have a lot of hobbies from horseback riding to photography to an array of art projects. However, one of my absolute favorite hobbies is paddle boarding. For those who are unfamiliar with it paddle boarding is similar to kayaking, but instead one stands up on a long board that resembles a surf board. I enjoy paddle boarding because it is a calmer alternative to surfing yet more challenging than kayaking. Not to mention, paddle boarding is especially great in Pennsylvania because of the amount of lakes that we have. I bought my very own paddle board at the beginning of quarantine, however I am no stranger to the sport. In fact, I have paddle boarded in places spanning from the California coast to all the way up here in the Pennsylvania mountains, and I even have taken a trip down to North Carolina to board out there as well.
To say the least I have paddle boarded in several different bodies of water across the country, and I am here to tell you all about my favorite place and some honorable mentions as well. Cue the drum roll because I’m about to tell you my number one spot to paddle board.
Lake Powell in
Perhaps if you followed my blog in the earlier days you may remember me writing about this lake. It has been quite some time since I talked about my experience there, which only makes this ranking hold more truth. Lake Powell is by far the best body of water I have paddle boarded at! Lake Powell is just completely unmatched with its scenery. Nestled on the Arizona-Utah border Lake Powell houses some of the most breathtaking landscapes one can see. It’s a definite must see for adventurers alike. When paddle boarding or even boating & kayaking on the lake, you are greeted by beautiful desert canyons and crystal clear water. As someone from Arizona who has constantly been surrounded by the beauty of the west, Lake Powell still managed to surprise me and take my breath away. There’s no other way to say it than I had simply never seen anything like it before. There is so much lake to explore it feels like you are paddling through an ocean of some sort. There are sandbars in the water and even little coves where you can beech your board on shore to relax and swim in the water.