O.K. So this sort of cracked me up. I purchased a new Brunton Nexus 70p Compass for my baby the other day. The dude behind the counter looked for a moment and said something like, "Hmm, that's just "bling" for that boat." Bling? Bling!?!?!
I've been surprised by how often participants will say the main reason they came on the tour was to try kayaking. Yes, they want to learn more about nature and the park, but, but often that is not the driving force for signing up. It seems that the primary reason for taking a state park kayak tour is to get out on the water and try kayaking in a "safe" environment with other knowledgeable people around. And for that reason, our industry should probably be looking a bit harder at ways they can support these sorts of tours. Park tours are the natural gateway to taking that first official "class".