Several weeks ago, I read and reviewed a book on canoeing, Let Them Paddle. It inspired me to the point that I dug a canoe out of my in-laws' backyard, cleaned it up, and repainted it.
|It started out a basic white|
|Then I tried a glossy green, but it didn't work without primer.|
|And then it ended up a matte burnt-red.|
This weekend, after having purchased pfds for all, packed the snacks and water, made sure the camera battery was charged, we headed out for our maiden voyage. Our first paddle was to take place on the DuPage River East Branch, a section that runs parallel with the Greenway, a paved trail I've had the pleasure to run, coincidentally thinking the river would be a fine place to raft, kayak, or canoe. And here we were.
|A river runs near it....|
Memorial Day, 2012 - a gorgeous, breezy and sunny day, with highs near 90 degrees. We felt the heat, but also enjoyed the shade of overhanging trees and the cool, but not cold water. Had we trusted the water quality more, I believe we would have swam, but opted for health conservatism instead. A few fish and many birds were the wildlife we saw, though one time Laima caught a glimpse of a "river rat" (or maybe it was an otter?).
The kids had a great time and, except for some paddling miscommunication and a few shallow bars (it hasn't rained here in weeks!), Laima and I enjoyed moving about on the water. We're now planning on acquiring another canoe, so that the kids can help with the paddling - to a child (except for The Little Worker) they were disappointed that only the parents were dipping paddles that day. Their time will come.
And what is a morning on the river without a bit of mud...
|Laima opts for river mud over the spa.|
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