Dracen's anxiety level had already peaked before we ever got off the bank when the guy said anyone under 13 had to wear a life jacket (it's the law). He was not going to have any of it, therefore an early morning attitude adjustment was deemed necessary.
We had two canoes and a one man kayak for the five of us... three adults, and the two grumpy young bros. Dracen
This lasted for all of sixty seconds before we were all pulling over on the bank so Dave could switch places with Dracen, giving him control of the kayak...
I didn't realize how far sound can travel on a river, which was really more like a very wide creek. We had to get out of the canoe and push several times because the water was so shallow in some places we kept getting stuck.
After lunch Dracen allowed the kayak to head back down the river without him or anyone else in it, another time he allowed his paddle to go off down the river solo, leaving him to paddle with his hands and the rest of us to chase it down the river in our canoes that continued to get stuck (it felt like we were in The Amazing Race at one point), and yet another time he managed to get stuck on a big rock, allowing his kayak to go off without him.
Charlie and I heard, "Guys! Hey, guys!" and looked back to see Dracen standing on that giant rock as his kayak headed down the river, forcing us to paddle upstream in order to rescue him as Devin and Dave went off to rescue the kayak.
|I know this one is a little out of focus but I was laughing hysterically while trying to dock my canoe on the side of a rock.|
That's when they both ended up in the canoe with Dave, bless his heart. Lucky for him though, our ten miles was nearing completion at that point.
All in all, it was a successful trip although Dracen, to hear him tell it, narrowly escaped a snake attack once. I have to admit, I would have been terrified myself had I been in his
I spotted it swimming toward his kayak (it looked like a non-poisonous black snake from where I was sitting) and then saw it going under his kayak and popping up on the other side. Once we got him to see that it was already on the other side of his kayak and swimming for the bank, he sat back down but swore it was a cobra aiming to kill him before it had a change of heart at the last second.
At the end of our ten miles, the Zaloo's Canoes bus, van and crew were waiting to carry us all back to the shop. We were the first ones back so got first pick of the seats, choosing the van over the big blue bus.
Both boys caught some Zzz's on the two hour drive home... I was smart enough to sit between them in the backseat so we were able to avoid any additional squabbles.
It was, in the end, a fun trip and I'd do it again. Only next time I'll get two kayaks and pack something stronger than Diet Dr. Pepper in that big red cooler. I'm just sayin'...