Why do Leaves change Color?

As cooler weather and shorter days set in, nature puts on a spectacular show in the form of fall colors. Seeing the leaves change from bright emerald hues to gold, amber, and burgundy is a lovely time of year for paddling and outdoor activities. The science behind why this occurs is amazing!

In the spring and summer, leaves go through photosynthesis to create energy. The cells in which photosynthesis occur contain chlorophyll, the pigmented chemical that gives leaves their green tint. As the days shorten and the temperatures cool down, leaves stop going through photosynthesis and chlorophyll breaks down. This allows underlying yellow and orange hues to show through – these tints come from chemicals like carotene and xanthophyll. The exact shade of yellow, orange, red, or brown that a tree will turn is based on specific balances of chlorophyll and these other chemicals.

Fall colors vary every year based on exact weather patterns, such as precipitation and temperature. Enjoy the colors and spending time in sandals while the weather still allows for it!

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

How does Fog form?

The scene can be eye-catching as fog floats above the river or seems to hang throughout a quiet park as if set up on a stage for a musical.

What is this mysterious happening though?


Fog is defined as, “Water droplets suspended in the atmosphere in the vicinity the earth’s surface that affect visibility”, according to the Glossary of Meteorology from the American Meteorological Society.

How does this happen exactly!?

Fog forms when cool air passes over a warm body of water or moist land. The temperature difference is the key! When the air is cooler than the earth/water below and the humidity is high enough –  water vapor in the air forms the fog!

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

What is the Water Cycle?

The water cycle is the process of water circulating between the earth’s atmosphere, land, and waterways!

There are many different ways to explain the Water Cycle but a simple approach is looking at 4 main phases:

EVAPORATION – The process of liquid changing to gas. This occurs in our oceans, lakes, pond, rivers, or even your drinking glass!

CONDENSATION – The process of water vapor/gas changing to a liquid. This creates our clouds!

PRECIPITATION – The process of water falling from the sky. This everything from rain, snow, sleet or hail!

TRANSPIRATION – The process of plants absorbing water through roots and giving off water vapor through pores in their leaves.

Check out this great video walking through all the steps water goes through around the world!

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

How do Rainbows Form?

Rainbows are a beautiful phenomenon to take in! The conditions need to be just right and when they are it is always exciting to enjoy the view!

But why do rainbows form in the first place? What conditions are needed to form a rainbow?

This can be a topic fit enough for an entire doctoral thesis, but we are keeping things simple. In short, the sun lights rays need to be passing through water droplets at the precise position for the light to refract out to achieve the rainbow effect. This effect is the same as light passing through a prism and separating into its respective colors. [See Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover for example]

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

Used Gear Sale 2019

The time has come for us to renew our fleet of kayaks for next season! We are selling our used gear in October for great savings!

Single and tandem kayaks are available. Gear is well-loved (AKA used), so kayaks may have slight defects from use, but are in good working condition and will still be able to take a continuous beating for years to come.

Here are some details for those interested:

• Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11 (Single) – MSRP: $600 – Sale: $400
• Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL (Tandem) – MSRP: $900 – Sale: $600
• TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! If you are thinking about buying but want to test the gear first, you can rent a kayak for 2 hours and if you choose to buy it, the cost of the rental will go towards the purchase of the kayak. (Note: this applies only to the rental rate – rental delivery charge cannot go towards buying the kayak.)
• Rate includes kayak and seat. Paddles and PFDs are not included.
• Supplies are limited, so order early! We are currently accepting orders, and gear will be ready for pick up in early October (need to get through this season with it first!)

If you have any other questions feel free to contact us!

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