Up a creek lately? Humboldt State University's Center Activities has got your paddle. Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, grab a few of your nearest and dearest for Family Fun Day Paddles ($20, free for kids under 18, 50 pound minimum). Choose a kayak and let folks at the center show you how to coast along Humboldt Bay and take in the sights. Best of all, nobody will have a free hand to text.
Unless you're looking for something a little more romantic, in which case the Sunset Paddle on Thursday nights might be more your style ($40). Be at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center two hours before sunset for a guided tour of the bay — a little history, a little natural science and as romantic a view as one can enjoy in a foamy, orange vest. Register by Monday for a Thursday tour by emailing email@example.com or calling 443-4222.