A Kayaking Community At Your Fingertips

Do you have questions about kayaking? Do you want to seek the advice of kayakers that are more experienced and relate to kayakers that are at your level? Wouldn’t it be nice to connect with other kayaking enthusiasts? The Internet can supply you with robust information about kayaking such as necessary equipment, costs, and travel destinations. However, the Internet also provides forums and discussion boards dedicated to the sport of kayaking. Hop online and plug into the kayaking community.

Several kayaking websites provide message boards. Many websites allow free access to these forums; however some require a small fee. Let’s take a look at three websites that will be of interest to kayakers. They offer discussion boards to post and answer questions, comments, and concerns.

Boatertalk.com: (http://www.boatertalk.com)

Boatertalk.com has a bounty of boating and kayaking resources including forums, articles, gear swap, and events. Forums range from Boatertalk to SurfZone and RaftZone. Each discussion board is filled with helpful hints, information, and personal experience. To post to the boards you must pay a small membership fee. There are different types of membership ranging from $6 to $36.

Paddler Magazine online: (http://www.paddlermagazine.com)

They have a bulletin board with industry news and several discussion boards. The discussion boards are broken down into whitewater, squirt, touring, and gear swap. Under “touring” you can find a kayak forum. This forum is for sea kayaking and discusses trips, kayak building, technique, and design. It is a public forum so you can read messages on it. Your name and email address are the only requirements to be able to post on the discussion board.

The Alaska Outdoor Journal Discussion Board: (http://alaskaoutdoorjournal.com/cgi-bin/ib/ikonboard.cgi)

Discussion boards for various states and regions around the world are popping up each day. When planning a kayaking trip to another state, check the Internet to see if there is a discussion board for that state. For example, Alaska has this discussion board that presents pertinent information about kayaking in Alaska. You can peruse the message boards. If you wish to post a message you must register. Registration is free.

How do you find other kayaking discussion boards? Your best bet is to go through an Internet search engine such as Google or Yahoo. Search by the keywords kayaking discussion boards or kayaking forums. A long list of websites will unfold. Sift through the websites until you find the discussion board that is right for you. The Internet has become a well received form of communication between fellow kayakers. Take advantage of the knowledge and resources available to you. Your next kayaking trip could be the thrill of a lifetime.

Cedarbrae Calgary Community

Ceda

ae Calgary community is a full-fledged residential neighbourhood in the south-west quadrant of Calgary, Alberta.

Location

Ceda

ae, Calgary is bounded by Southland Drive to the north, 24 Street W to the East, Anderson Road to the south and the Tsuu T’ina first nation reserve to the west. Vibrant with the unique natural beauty of the Rockies, this Calgary Community is also sufficiently close to the city of Calgary for easy access to all urban facilities.

Community Life

The Ceda

ae Calgary community has been steadily developing since the 1970s and today, Ceda

ae is a popular and thriving residential area with a population of over 6000 as of 2009. The majority of the residents are committed homeowners and most of the houses are either single family homes or townhouses; condos make up just 10% of the residences in the community.

The area is home to several young families attracted by affordable real estate prices (homes in Ceda

ae are in the low-to-mid price range) and the chance to live in a secure and peaceful haven. There are several schools: public, private as well as separate, in the Ceda

ae Community making it an ideal neighbourhood for families with children in the school-going age group. Ceda

ae also has a dedicated police force and prides itself on its low crime rate, making it a safe and secure neighbourhood to raise your kids.

Lifestyle and Recreation

The Ceda

ae Community Centre is home to skating rinks, playing fields, kiddie playgrounds and baseball diamonds making it easy for the entire family to enjoy an active outdoor life according to their individual preferences.

The Ceda

ae Community Association constantly hosts a variety of recreational pursuits and hobby groups including Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, a mom and tots group as well as yoga and dance classes. The association regularly organizes several Ceda

ae Calgary community events such as a craft fair in November, the New Year’s Eve Wingding and the Stampede Hoedown in July.

Ceda

ae is within easy reach of both Fish Creek Park as well as the South Glenmore Park. Fish Creek Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America with several strolling paths, on-site day-camping facilities, stables and a swimmable artificial lake in addition to almost 80 kilometers (50 miles) of hiking and bicycle trails, of which 30 kilometers (19 miles) are paved.

Bordered on the west by the territory of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the park covers almost 13.48 square kilometres (5.2 sq miles) and stretches for 19 km (11 miles) from east to west. Nature lovers have plenty of opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife spotting as the park is home to an abundant array of wildlife including deer, coyotes, beavers and owls.

South Glenmore Park, the Glenmore Sailing Club and the Southland Leisure Centre are some other popular destinations. South Glenmore Park offers lovely playgrounds, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, and a cross-country skiing area while the Glenmore Sailing Clubs hosts a number of club-level as well as regional regattas in addition their annual social events.

Finally, the Southland Leisure Centre is perfect for those who prefer indoor recreation. The centre contains an ice skating rink, a gymnastics room, a rock climbing wall, and many other activities. So choose Ceda

ae Calgary community for a cheery, secure home for your family.

The Vital Importance of Community

I’ve been reading in many different sources about the research involving community and well being. In his best-selling book, “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell opens with a study done in a small Pennsylvania town called Roseto.

In 1882, Italians who lived in a town of the same name, Roseto, started to come to the U.S. These people worked in the nearby marble quarries or farmed the terraced land. Upon coming to the U.S., they found jobs in a slate quarry in Pennsylvania. Eventually, about 2000 Rosetans came to the U.S. They started to buy land on a rocky hillside and built closely clustered two-story stone houses. Eventually, they cleared the land and planted fruit trees and vegetables. They raised pigs and grew grapes for wine. Schools, shops and factories sprang up and the town thrived.

While visiting a farm in Pennsylvania, not far from Roseto, a physician named Stewart Wolf discovered that a local doctor rarely found anyone from Roseto under the age of sixty-five with heart disease. In fact, Rosetans were dying of old age, rather than of degenerative diseases.

Curious, he decided to investigate. He looked at their diet and quickly discovered that their nutrition was not particularly stellar. Nor did they exercise much. Many smoked heavily and struggled with obesity. It wasn’t genetics, as he tracked down people who had moved away and their rate of disease was the same as the general population.

“What Wolf began to realize was that the secret of Roseto wasn’t diet or exercise or genes or location. It had to be Roseto itself.”

As Wolf and a colleague walked around town, they finally understood. They discovered that it was the egalitarian community itself. They cared about each other and had each other’s backs. Families stayed together, often three generations in one house. They felt safe and they felt loved.

I’ve been talking with others about the importance of community. Many people express a longing for connection and community, and an end to the loneliness they feel. I’ve spoken to others who have tried to create intentional communities, which were a disastrous failure. Why?

Over and over, the people who tried to create communities complain about the rules, the control conflicts, and the lack of personal responsibility. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason Rosetans flourished is because of “…the egalitarian ethos of the community, which discouraged the wealthy from flaunting their success and helped the unsuccessful obscure their failures.”

In other words, instead of trying to control each other, they helped each other. As a result of this, “There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime.” This is what happens when people feel safe in their community.

I don’t know about you, but I would love to live this way. I would love to live in a safe community where people cared about themselves and each other.

We can do a lot to create inner safety and security. We can feed ourselves well, get enough exercise, learn to take responsibility for our own feelings and develop our spiritual connection. In doing all this, we prepare ourselves to interact with others in caring and compassionate ways. But this is not enough.

We are social beings. We are not meant to live alone. Nor are we meant to live in hierarchical, controlling communities, rather than egalitarian, caring communities.

People who felt controlled by their communities left for freedom, but the cost was often loneliness and resulting illness. It seems to me that the key to a long and happy life is to learn to take responsibility for ourselves, and then form communities of other responsible and caring individuals who have no need to control others.

I am setting my sights on creating this kind of community.