L.L. Bean walk-on adventures

LL bean adventure 1.jpg

Kayaks lined up for an L.L. Bean walk-on adventure

By Dawn Padfield

If you're not really the outdoorsy type, walking through the L.L. Bean store can make you feel like a bit of a hypocrite -- bypassing the kayaks and fishing rods in favor of the ice cream balls and monogrammed totes.

If any of this sounds a little too familiar to you, here's a way to get some real 'trail-cred' without committing yourself to the weekend warrior lifestyle.

The L.L. Bean store at Colonie Center is offering $15 Walk-On Adventures (or what I like to call "Nature for Dummies") on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the summer. Here you can try your hand at kayaking or fly casting with the benefit of some really knowledgeable and patient instructors who are used to the more, let's say, casual outdoorsman.

Since I had no idea what fly casting was (I actually had to look it up...you don't want to know what I was imagining), I chose the kayaking option. You can sign up for the 'adventure' you want at the 'Walk-On Adventure' kiosk located at the front entrance of the L.L. Bean store. From there you fill out some paperwork, pay your $15 bucks, and wait for the fun to begin.

ll bean adventure 2.jpg

An L.L. Bean shuttle picks you up at the store and transports you to the 6-Mile Waterworks, part of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Once there, the instructors give you some brief safety and technical instructions, get you suited up in your life vest and water-shoes, and then you are off paddling in a colorful kayak on the placid waters of Rensselaer Lake (which can be seen from the less placid I-87 on-ramp).

ll bean adventure 3.jpg

ll bean adventure 5.jpg

The courses are great for individuals and families with children over the age of eight, and the best part is that no previous experience is needed. Even if you do have experience, it's still a great (and cheap) place to get out on the water and paddle around for an hour and a half with no strings attached. And who knows, after this first lesson you might even make a hobby out of it. I am guessing that's exactly what Leon Leonwood Bean & Co. are hoping for.

For schedules and more information you can check out the L.L Bean walk on adventures web page.

Dawn is the author of Small-bany, a great blog about stuff to do for kids and parents.

Find It

L.L. Bean
Colonie Center
Albany, NY 12205

Comments

I saw them on the pinepush trail last weekend and had no idea why there was a truck full of kayaks in such a hidden spot. Good to know!

I had so much fun on this tour last summer! I'm glad LL Bean is doing it again. This year I'll bring some friends--$15 for a day out is great news these days!

Eastern Mountain Sports offers a similar kayak demo/intro. The store in Niskayuna has "Yak Attacks" every other Wednesday evening. $15 per boat. Reservations required (388-2700).

Looks like alot of fun--my one little beef is that they do not allow you to drive to the site on your own. Yeah, i know it's more green to go on their shuttle and the LLbean guy at the registration kiosk explained that it has to do with insurance--still, call me a nervous nellie, but I like being able to cut out of a place on my own quickly if I get a call that one of my kids is sick or something. Yeah I know it's only an hour an and half, but still...

Thanks Dawn! I'm checking this out this weekend, and have definitely subscribed to Small-bany.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of winter

The sound of sticks and skates and pucks on the pond is a happy sound. (Things were slow on the site today because of the... (more)

Holiday gifts: Danika Atkins

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities... (more)

Remembering Minnie Clark Bolster

Minnie Clark Bolster -- who was passionate about Saratoga Springs, and served as an unofficial historian of the city -- died this past Saturday. She... (more)

Wyclef Jean at Putnam Den

Wyclef Jean is set to play a show at Putnam Den March 2. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $40 ahead / $48 day... (more)

Morning Blend

Casino revenue The actual revenues from the new casinos around the state -- and the resulting reductions in local municipal taxes -- are way behind... (more)

Recent Comments

It's a definitely a start. Liking the thinking. The innovative redevelopment of unused/underused spaces only stands to benefit a city and its region, serving as an inspiration to others around the world. Mix that in with the addition of more parks, greenery and public spaces and you've got a higher quality of life across the board. ...

What's up with the Albany Skyway, and a few bits about plans to makeover a key piece of downtown

...has 9 comments, most recently from jimmy

There's still time to get a flu shot

...has 6 comments, most recently from Lu

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Sarah

Holiday gifts: Anasha Cummings

...has 1 comment, most recently from Melissa Bromley

B. Lodge on Pearl Street

...has 12 comments, most recently from Jeffrey Demce