Even though I was trying to look like I knew what I was doing, I went on my first river-kayaking adventure over the weekend. I want to thank Northern Lights Trading Co. for their guidance and gear. My summer is now off to a pretty sweet start!

Northern Lights The Barn (83 Rowland Rd, Bozeman) has everything you need for your water adventures: top of the line rafts, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, accessories and apparel. You can rent or buy anything you see. If you're an absolute beginner like me, just talk to someone who works there.

The pros at Northern Lights put in the time to earn my trust. They got me in a beginner kayak and put me on the perfect stretch of water for a beginner. These guys make their living monitoring our rivers, where they are constantly working to perfect their craft. They thoroughly explained how to use the equipment and went over all the appropriate safety precautions. Before I knew it, I was looking and feeling like a pro myself. I can not wait to explore other beautiful Montana rivers!

Northern Lights' downtown location (1716 W Babcock) has all your other premier outdoor gear covered (camping, backpacking, climbing, etc.) Check out either location and make this a summer you'll never forget. Their knowledge and gear turns our backyard into a wonderful playground!