If you’ve ever accidentally oared a buddy in the face, or rowed enthusiastically in circles until you figured out that coordinating your efforts equals forward movement, you truly know how much fun can be had in a narrow little boat. And while the Dallas-Fort Worth area may not be the most obvious location for opportunities to practice the magnificent physics of canoeing, I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of places to break out your oars for some calming paddle strokes. The relatively serene rivers of the area are perfect for the activity — plus they provide plenty of sights to rack up while you earn your canoe calluses, too. The Full Moon Paddle event at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, at 5 p.m. Wednesday is one such opportunity. It provides a leisurely moonlit tour that promises wildlife sightings (beavers, deer and raccoons!) and a chance to get into the rhythm of the row. Registration is required and will run you $20, which includes boat, paddles and lifejacket. Children must be at least 5 years old. Call 817-392-7412 or visit fwnaturecenter.org.
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014