LightHouse Youth Take to the Water

In August, the LightHouse Youth Program took its second trip up to Willow Creek Recreation center in Folsom, California. Six low vision and blind youth spent the day practicing their kayaking skills. The outing was spectacular, the weather was perfect and we found a beach with benches that became the perfect lunch spot. Our volunteer guides, many who work for Sierra Ski for Light, did a stellar job, guiding and teaching appropriate kayaking skills as needed. Our adventure ended with a delicious pizza party hosted by LightHouse friend Margie Donovan.

We owe a great debt settlement to Margie, who coordinated the day and the volunteer guides before feeding the hungry group. We also want to thank California Canoe and Kayak for their generous donation of kayaks and paddles for the day. When his mom asked if he had fun that day, nine-year old Gabe Pizzo summed it up how much fun he had by saying, “Yes and I am going back tomorrow and every day after that!”Teenager Andy Rodriquez stands at the edge of the lake and playfully makes a face at his companions who have just tried to pull him into the lake

LightHouse Youth Services Coordinator Jamey Gump encourages young Gabe Pizzo while they are both knee-deep in the water