As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.
Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.
The three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters”. Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to advance the family music genre.
Find out more on okeedokee.org.
In anticipation for your upcoming canoe trip, this is some basic information that may be helpful.
Our canoes are designed for two occupants. We can add a third person to the canoe but they will be seated on the bottom of the canoe.
All equipment including the canoe, paddles and personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are provided by Harris County PCT 4.
Participants are requested to assist with unloading, loading and moving the canoes to the launch point. There will be County personnel there to assist as well.
A short training session will offered before the trip to talk about safely entering and exiting the canoe, basic paddle strokes and other safety information.
You are expected to paddle yourself along the route.
When Spring and Cypress creeks are at normal depths, most areas along the route have water between two and four feet in depth. However, there are areas on the creeks where the depth can reach 20 feet. We require everyone to where their PFD’s when on our trips.
County personnel will be there to assist you in safely entering and exiting your canoe.
On average, we plan on making speeds of one and a half to two miles an hour on our trips.
When canoeing on any body of water, please look ahead to eliminate any potential hazards such as downed trees, concrete, rocks, tree stumps, etc.
Please wear appropriate attire to be outside in the weather, wear closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.
Everyone must read and sign our liability waiver before going on our trips.
The age requirements for our trips are 10 and up. For special events, the age requirement may be waived as long as two adults accompany the underage rider.
This trip is scheduled to last between 45 minutes and one hour.