by Carolyn
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Today friends I want to share with you my ultimate day trip that we have already done few times last year and already one time this year. Canoeing on the Russian River. It’s definitely one of my top 3 day get-a ways. This trip has it all. Adventure, relaxing, swimming, picnicking, gorgeous nature and lots of laughter. It’s only 1,5h from San Francisco and the canoe cost won’t break the bank with $65. We always rent our canoes at Burke’s Canoe in Forestville. They have tons of canoes there, so you could probably also show up spontaneously, but if you want to be sure your canoe is waiting for you, I suggest make a reservation. The trip is about 10 miles long and passes small beaches where you can have a picnic or just dip into the water. For us, it takes always about 5-6h from starting to finishing line. At the end an old school bus will be waiting for you to bring you back to your car. Super convenient. I didn’t take so many pictures during our trip, but I hope you will get the impression what’s expecting you. When you are done with your trip and you have your car back, I highly recommended driving to Guernerville, only about 10 minutes from Forestville. Have a stroll on the main drag and grab some coffee and baked goods at Big Bottom Market. Soooo good. I would love to hear if you do this trip how do you like it. And make sure to scroll down for a packing list and some more details. russian river canoe trip russian-river-canoe-trip-3 russian-river-canoe-trip-5 russian river canoe trip RUSSIAN RIVER CHECK LIST

sunscreen!!! – super important as the sun will burn on you the whole time.
hat – see above
swim suit – the water has the perfect temperature for a dip
flip flops – you feet will always be wet
blanket or beach towel – to lay down on the beach or to protect you from the sun
sunglasses – no eye squeezing
food – definitely make sure to pack some food with you, paddling make you so hungry and it’s just a pleasure to make mini breaks and snack o something.
disposable camera – so you are to scared if you flip over, but ready to take some memorable shots.

For more information what to bring and also what not to bring check out Burke’s guidelines.

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