Like a pack of modern-day Huck Finns, a flotilla of stand-up paddlers glided 21 miles down Lake Austin last week, spreading awareness about the importance of mental health for anyone coping with cancer, from patients to their loved ones.
In all, more than 75 people — plus two dogs — spent nine hours making the muscle-powered trip from the low-water crossing below Mansfield Dam to Hula Hut, where they celebrated with a fundraising party for the nonprofit Flatwater Foundation.
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To donate to Dam That Cancer or learn more about the Flatwater Foundation, go to www.flatwaterfoundation.org.
Want to try stand up paddling yourself? Check out the following options:
The Expedition School on Lady Bird Lake, 34 Robert Martinez Jr. Street; 512-626-6282, www.expeditionschool.org.
Austin Paddle Sports at Capital Cruises on Lady Bird Lake, 208 Barton Springs Road behind the Hyatt; 512-777-8958, www.austinpaddlesports.com.
Paddle Zen, 1620 E. Riverside Drive; 512-462-0732; www.paddlezen.com.
Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Drive; 512-459-0999; www.rowingdock.com.
Steiner Ranch SUP, 12300 River Bend Road; 512-994-7080, www.steinerranchsup.com.
Lakeway Marina, 103 A Lakeway Drive; 512-261-7511, www.lakewaymarina.com.