About Us

We thought you might be interested in how we approach our business. It all begins with finding a peaceful place. in recent years we have  been fortunate  to get to know Wendell Berry whose writings remind of the basic things.

 

The Peace of Wild Things

BY WENDELL BERRY

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

These words ring true to me. I am  calmed by still waters and grateful  for the  simple pleasure of being on the water. It wasn’t long ago I had the pleasure of my first cup of tea with the Berry’s at their Kentucky farmhouse kitchen discussing these basic things and was reminded of the simple pleasures of good friends, a good meal and the good earth. It is worth celebrating!!

EXPANSION TO FLORIDA

Kayak-Kayak LLC is a company based in Holland, Michigan where I moved after thirty years of working in Manhattan. I switched from a great view of the water to a great time on the water. It was a move from the steel and glass canyons of the city to the gigantic sand dunes and forests of west Michigan. I gave up one love and found another, as I explored the incredible natural beauty of Michigan. For several years now I have been moving to expansion in the sound during the cold of the Michigan winters. There are several great spots to choose from, but none offers the expansive paddling opportunity of Southwest Florida. We will be doing inland river paddling there.  The adventure in exploring the wilderness of Michigan put me on the rivers, lakes and islands of the state. Using kayak and bike, I got closer to nature than at any time in my life. The great diversity of natural exposure and eco structures of Florida is adding a new dimension to my paddling. Our business there will be called The Paddle Ranch.

 

Hours: We believe in personalized attention, but since our mint julep inventory is depleted, we do not hang around a store. In fact, we do not have one anymore. We have a barn to store the gear. It is by far our preference to be on the water and with customers.  The best way to reach me is by phone 616.366.1146 or email [email protected] I am happy to set up an appointment and meet you.

Cheers,

Skip

 

 

Let us share ourList of  Operating Principles

  • Kayak- Kayak exists to serve our customer.
  • Knowledge of product and place is critical.
  • Safety is paramount in every decision.
  • Integrate simplicity and technology.
  • Enjoy, respect and appreciate God’s creation.
  • Provide the best service and advice possible.
  • Respect others.
  • Have fun.
  • Honor God in all we do

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We have another term to express what we are about, we say: “Balance Your Life”

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Balance Your Life

Eat……”eat food…..not too much………mostly plants”- Michael Pollan

  • Water, drink lots of it. The primary anti-aging factor. Most of us walk around dehydrated.
  • Fruit, eat a lot of it. Get most of our sugar naturally.
  • Vegetables eat mostly for our supply of vitamins and fiber.
  • Grains for snacks and supplements.
  • Nuts for energy and snacks.

Play…exercise the body….free the mind…..stretch the muscles

  • Paddle often
  • Ride your bike
  • Walk
  • Swim
  • Keep low impact on joints
  • Stretch-Yoga/Tai Chi

 

Relate….laughter is  the best tonic and sunshine for the soul

  • Listen
  • See
  • Smell
  • Laugh
  • Think/reason
  • Pray
  • Enrich others

Work…find satisfaction in toilsome work…ecc:5:18

  • Diligently
  • Focused
  • With excellence

no reserve….. no retreat….. no regrets……..  William Borden  1910

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