Kayaking in a Lightning Storm

Hey Friends,

Well, it’s been a year since our last FollowThisTrip post and we thought it was time to give a little Landers life update. Since getting back from the trip last summer Lauren landed a great job as a Marketing Director of a software company in Columbia called SoftDocs. Since Lauren is working this summer I’ve been doing house projects and also working part-time for our church doing some videography and also growing an awesome summer mustache. The only downside to Lauren having the full-time job is our vacation/adventure possibilities are limited. We’ve definitely done a lot of reminiscing this summer about how we wish we were camping in the old van out west somewhere, but just because we’re not on the road doesn’t mean we can’t have a little adventure in our hometown of Columbia, SC right?

The temperature lately has been in the 100′s so anything that doesn’t involve water was pretty much out of the question. So for our 5th Year Anniversary we decided to take a kayaking trip down the Saluda River. Our small adventure turned into a pretty crazy memory that we will not soon forget, when a lightning storm hit about halfway through the trip. You can watch the whole adventure in the video below.

Hope you guys enjoyed that as much as we did (well I did at least). This little expedition was a great reminder for us that even though we’re not traveling cross country, there are still great ways to get out and experience nature, the unexpected and have a great time. Expeditions take time, planning and a little money, but they are always worth it for the experience and the memories.

We’ll try to post another adventure before another year has passed. Hope you are all doing well and going on your own summer adventures.

Have a great summer everyone!



  1. J. Daniel

    Hey, kids. Just found this video by accident. I miss you guys and wish I’d hit the river with you when I had the chance. Looks like we’re not coming back to Cola after all. However, we’ve got some nice slow rivers here in South Miss and I’m hoping to get a canoe or other small boat this summer/fall, so stop through here sometime and we’ll go out. White sand beaches with black (dyed from decaying vegetation) water. Beautiful stuff. Glad you didn’t get hit by lightning. I’ve been struck once, nearly struck another time — within a few feet and it still knocked me silly. Don’t canoe with me in a thunderstorm. I’m bad luck.

    Comment by J. Daniel on July 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  2. Bob Stephenson

    We’re the couple who parked next to you last summer at the NM / AZ state line. We are still on the road. We just finished a 13-week, 9,400 mile trip from Orlando up the east coast to Prince Edward Island, then west to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Along the way we took in the Beach Boy concert near Buffalo, NY. Having fun but both the car and myself have check-ups (we’ve put 70K miles on our Toyota in just 23 months), so we’re in Nashville for two weeks. Next we’re heading for western Canada, NW states, and an Alaska cruise (if we can afford it!).
    Hope you two can get out again. We enjoyed reading your posts last year.

    Comment by Bob Stephenson on July 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  3. follow this trip

    Hey Daniel, sorry to hear you guys aren’t coming back, but we wish you luck in Mississippi. We hope to get down there sometime. Miss you guys.

    Comment by follow this trip on July 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

  4. follow this trip

    Wow, great to hear from you. You guys have been doing some serious traveling! Glad to hear that your still on the road and we hope you can make it to the Alaskan cruise, that sounds pretty incredible. Happy Trails!

    Comment by follow this trip on July 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

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    Comment by Junior on November 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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