Even though it’s not quite officially Summer I am sure in the mood for long warm afternoons sitting by the lake and hanging out with friends. The kick off to Summer is coming up (Memorial Day is this weekend!) and I can’t wait. I was able to spend this past Saturday with Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism and experience a perfect day on the lake.
We started our day at the Sac State Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma. This is such a great facility. You can get a group of friends together to go kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or try out the hydro bikes. If you’re more experienced they offer sailing classes, windsurfing, wake boarding, and jet skiing. You can rent all the basic equipment, they provide life jackets and even have some small lockers for your belongings.
Every time I’ve been to the Aquatic Center the facility is well maintained and clean. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help you. This time I decided to go kayaking. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to be out on the water. The weather was perfect, a sunny day without being too hot.
I kayaked out to the middle and made my way to a little island so I could just stop and enjoy the day. When I decided to make my way back to shore and turn in my rental I sat in the beach area which has shaded tables and a volleyball court. The benches would make it so easy to enjoy a picnic lunch after a day spent kayaking.
Let’s talk about what I bring with me to the lake. If you follow me on social media (Facebook and Instagram) you would have seen me talk a little bit about this. I did my first Facebook Live and it was so much fun! I will definitely have to do more of those in the future, so keep a lookout.
Whenever I go to the lake I like to bring a big straw bag with me. Big enough to hold all of my things plus the straw means I don’t have to worry about it getting dirty and I can easily shake out the sand. So what do I pack? A few necessities like wallet, phone, water bottle and a beach towel. But I always bring protective clothing and sun block.
Everyone should wear sunscreen and think about protecting themselves from the sun no matter their skin tone. I always bring a large hat, a swimsuit cover up, and sunglasses. A hat is so helpful to keep the sun off your face and shoulders and even your scalp. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being sunburned on your head you know what I’m talking about. A swimsuit cover up is a cute and easy way to keep the rays off our skin. When your not in the water or participating in a water activity slip into something that will help protect you. But my #1 tip is SUNSCREEN. Sunscreen helps protect you from sun damage, early signs of aging, and most importantly skin cancer. I wear two types of sunscreen, one for the face and one for the body.
This new face sunscreen from Neutrogena is my current favorite. They expanded their Hydro Boost line to include a sunscreen for the Summer. It is not greasy feeling, won’t clog your pores, is lightweight and wears great under makeup. My favorite body sunscreen is Banana Boat, I’ve used this brand since I was a kid. I always apply my sunscreen before I leave the house and then bring a travel size bottle with me so I can re-apply throughout the day. I also bring a little bottle of aloe vera in case my skin starts to feel dehydrated or if I get a little pink then my skin can get some quick relief.
I had such a great time at the Aquatic Center I can’t wait to go back. It would be a perfect way to spend Memorial Day weekend if you’re still trying to make plans.
*These activities were sponsored by Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism.