90 Second Escape: The boat (& board) demo

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.
Today’s 90-Second Escape: The boat (& board) demo

You can test-drive a car before you buy it, so why not a boat?

Actually, you can. This Thursday (May 2), folks in the Charlotte area can pre-purchase paddle a boat on Mountain Island Lake, next Thursday (May 9), Trianglites can see what’s under the hood at Lake Crabtree , and on May 16 (yep, another Thursday), those of you in the Triad can evaluate a range of paddle craft for the purpose of purchase at Lake XXXXX.

The events are all courtesy of Great Outdoor Provision Co. If there’s a specific boat or two that you’re interested in, call your local GOPC store in advance and they’ll do their best to make sure it’s included in the demo fleet. A great way to determine the boat of your dreams, even if you didn’t know you were dreaming of a boat.

Also on hand: stand-up paddleboards. Check one out, you may be surprised at how easy they are to paddle. To give you a sense of their user-friendliness, here’s a clip from one of last year’s GOPC boat demos at Lake Crabtree.

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Although the demos are free, registration is requested in advance, at the numbers listed.

Thursday, May 2, 4-7 p.m.
Gar Creek Canoe Launch, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, Mountain Island Lake, Huntersville
More info here, to request a boat call 704.523.1089.

Thursday, May 9, 4-7 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville
More info here, to request a boat call 919.833.1741 (Raleigh store) or 919.933.6148 (Chapel Hill).

Thursday, May 16, 4-7 p.m.
Oak Hollow Lake, High Point
More info here, to request a boat call 336.727.0906 (Winston Salem store) or 336.851.1331 (Greensboro).

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