Tevas over Chacos AKA Our First Family Kayak Adventure


We were standing in line at Conscious Coffee in Talkeetna the week of 4th of July. It was unusually warm so I wore my cherry colored Tevas, the woman behind me complimented me, she also wore a pair in black. By the time I reached the front of the line we struck a conversation, her name was Lily, she told me she was in town as a kayak guide for the season. I noticed her Hawaiian Paddle Sports hat and she mentioned that when she’s not in Alaska she’s a kayak guide in Maui. No way, I said, we planned on coming around Labor Day and it was about time Benjamin got on a kayak. 

And that is how we ended up on our first family kayak trip in Makena. Lily assured me they would take care of us, and that Benjamin would have a blast, and boy was she right! 

Our guide was Emily. I do not exaggerate when I say she was the best kayak guide in the whole world. She was obviously good at her job, but Emily was also kind, easygoing, and made Benjamin feel so safe and comfortable that he jumped on her kayak by the trip’s end. 

Emily swam with Benjamin, outfitted him with the right equipment, took us to the best spots to see sealife, and even gave us recs for places to hike and eat on Maui. To top that off, she took all these incredible pictures. 

Moral of the story is TEVAS OVER CHACOS ANY DAY! I kid, I kid, but for real, if you’re ever in Maui and you feel like having a legit water adventure, give Hawaiian Paddle Sports a go, Emily is the total best!


















P.S. This is not a sponsored post, but Teva, if you’re reading this, I’m not opposed to it ;)

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