Shawn J. Walker writes: I have three young kids (6, 3, and 1) so I don't think I can commit to the Park Quest challenge over a seven-day period, as you did. But I really want to take my two older boys and do exactly what Kendall Morton and his children were doing — paddling at Tuckahoe State Park — when you met up with them. Is that park far from Millersville? Can I rent a safe, stable kayak and go down a very calm stream anywhere close to Millersville?
Outdoors Girl responds: It takes about an hour to get from Millersville to Tuckahoe State Park in Caroline County on the Eastern Shore. There's lots of easy paddling on the 60-acre lake and Tuckahoe Creek. The Mason Branch Water Trail, where the Morton family was paddling, is about two miles each way. The park rents kayaks and canoes. If you want to stay overnight, there are 51 campsites and four camper cabins for rent. Closer to home, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis offers paddling opportunities on Harness Creek and a concessionaire that rents kayaks and canoes (paddleorpedal.com). Rates start at $20 for one hour. Baltimore County's Loch Raven Fishing Center at 12101 Dulaney Valley Road rents canoes for $19. In Carroll County, Piney Run Park has a 300-acre lake. It rents canoes, kayaks and rowboats; rates start at $8.