Paula Andruss and I have been friends for a long time (we met working at Crain's Chicago Business), long before the SUP obsession. One of the things that has been fun is to introduce people to paddling (either personally, or just the idea of it). We planned my trip to Ohio to paddle once her kids were back in school for the year. Let me tell you, they were not happy when I drove up with boards on the car and they realized that they were not going to get to paddle them. Next time, Andruss children, I promise. Grand Valley is a pretty, hidden gem.