Why Jackson Kayaks?

Why Jackson Kayaks?

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.   

 

Getting Ready!

We are opening Saturday, May 7, weather and river conditions permitting. We’ve been getting ready for you. First of all, Mike put up this great kayak barn quilt square. I love it.  It only took him one full year to get it up after he painted it!!   (Seriously!)  In his defense, it was buried under a stack of innertubes and kayaks.

Kayak Quilt Square

When folks came out last year, they got off the river starving and asked us about food. We are adding Mayfield ice cream so we’ll have something to hold you over until you get back to civilization to town.  We operate out of Mike’s shop.  We call it base camp to be fancy, but it’s really just a shop.   At one time we played Rook there quite often and while waiting, we worked jigsaw puzzles.   I’ve got all these puzzles so I’m “decorating” with them.  See the two above the ice cream cooler?

Ice Cream R

We’ve been washing PFDs.  We put them away clean but we thought you’d like them to smell nice and fresh so we rinsed each one in vinegar and water following by a wash in Gain detergent.   Like our hillbilly clothesline?   Ya gotta  use what you have.  .

Vests R

Speaking of using what  you have.   Do you like the way we’re displaying our tees?    This is an old Canada Dry crate from the bottling plant that used to be in Weber City.   Today, it has been scrubbed and lives at Adventure Mendota with the important job of keeping up with our size small tees!

Crate of Tees

I hope you like them.   Please buy these t-shirts.  I beg of you…I will never fit into a small.   They are blue with the Adventure Mendota logo.  I’m still working on the other sizes.

Tees 2016

And last Tuesday, we had a call at 5:30 am when it was still dark and the moon was out.  I thought someone had died!   However, it was good news.  The caller said, “This is Jessie with Jackson Kayaks…I’m in Hiltons, Virginia.”  Mike and I looked at each other and said “Holy Cow!  The Rivis (Rivieras) are here!”   See the stack of yellow Jackson Riviera kayaks.  They were made in the last two weeks at the Jackson plant in Tennessee.   There are many reasons we selected Jackson as the kayak for Adventure Mendota.  There are many cheaper kayaks.  However, based on the type of kayak (sit on top), our river (mellow), and the durability and quality that other outfitters told us about….PLUS they are located in Tennessee–that sealed the deal.  We live in Southwest Virginia but many of our guests come from Tennessee.

Collage

More to come in a few days!    It’ll look like this around here shortly.  I can’t wait!

Catherine

Hopefully, Mike and I will see you in person in a few weeks.  Until then, may God bless you and those you love!