The headline here is exactly the way the day panned out for me. Maureen from Woodlawn Regional Park took Michaella and I out on their new rental equipment which includes Kayaks, Canoes, and Paddle boats.
We first met at the gatehouse to get our package of supplies and sign a user agreement. The package contains a safety capsule with a whistle, flashlight, buoy, lifejacket and rope. We then chose the type of boat we were going to man. Michaella chose to stick with what she knows and take a Kayak and Maureen and I thought we would team up and go with a Canoe.
Maureen told me that she hadn’t canoed before but I sure have and told her not to worry. I would even consider myself an advanced canoer and told her we “got this”.
We drove over to the newly created boat launch on the South side of the river and got our gear out of the storage facility. Michaella got in her Kayak and started paddling right away, she looked like an expert. Maureen and I, I would describe, took a bit of time getting into the water. Once we were in the water though, we got a nice rhythm going. Someone watching from shore might even think we were experts.
We paddled up river for a short distance and we all noticed the calm that being out on the river brings. The birds were chirping, butterflies where fluttering, and a family of turtles were sunning themselves on a log. Pretty serene.
I am that person that has to make everything into a competition, so I challenged Michaella to a race. Poor Maureen was forced into racing with me as a partner and I couldn’t even help paddle because I was too busy videoing the race. Chaos ensues, you must watch the video.
Needless to say, that abruptly ended our race. Michaella was the winner. Maureen will never be my partner again.
I am going to be out practicing on that canoe again. If you want to rent one they are $10.00/hour, $30.00/4 hours and $50.00/day.
Here is hoping you don’t tip!
Get out there and #ExperienceEstevan