A lot of thought went into our decision to be a Jackson outfitter. Some of the decisions were emotional–Jackson is a family-owned business. They are a little bigger than Adventure Mendota (okay lots!), but still, we like to support any family business. Some were logistical as well as emotional–we try to support local businesses, and, admittedly, Jackson isn’t exactly a hop, skip and a jump away, but the company is a Tennessee business. While we are located in Virginia, we are very close to the Tennessee border and about one third of our guests are Tennesseans. Also, we can pick up the kayaks ourselves and save shipping charges.
At first look, before all of the above, however, we were simply blown away by the perfect fit for our Class I river. Here’s a little video made by Jackson.
We feel more secure putting you in the river with our Jacksons vs. a less-expensive kayak. One hole in a kayak can ruin your whole day.
Have you ever heard of the Road Scholar program? Until Adventure Mendota I had not (hangs head in shame). It’s a program for adults interested in learning and/or doing new things, seeing new places, and meeting new people! Here’s their link: https://www.roadscholar.org/
We have been privileged to have three Road Scholar groups visit Adventure Mendota during the 2016 season.
I put my new video making skills to work to show you!
Recently we have had several professional photograhers visit Adventure Mendota. Unfortunately, I don’t have the results because they were doing the work at the bequest of someone else. One group is making a documentary for BVU’s Explorer series about the North Fork of the Holston in Mendota. Adventure Mendota will be included. The other was a tourism photographer, Mr. Sam Dean. We’ll benefit from their work, so we’re grateful.
And then there is me. I have started to view myself as a mini movie producer after creating these very, very amateur videos. They are so fun. These are the activities that make me love having this small, family business where I can do these things and give them to our guests.