Kayaking the Clinch River
So Tabitha and I joined a Meetup.com group centered around water sports in our area. This past weekend, we had a chance to join twelve other locals for a 10 mile trip down the Clinch River. I brought my little waterproof camera along for the ride.
|Us in our rented rubber ducky|
|Two-person inflatable kayak was a challenge to keep moving|
|Veterans Memorial Bridge|
Our trip was timed to take advantage of the release schedule of the dam, so that we would both have high water levels and a strong current to help us along. The release was also what made the water so chilly, and while the inflatable was self-bailing, I was sitting in a puddle most of the trip. Fortunately the weather was warm, so I didn't mind too much.
|Good bunch of people!|
The best part of the trip, however, was the excellent company the meetup group provided. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, and we didn't get any pressure or judgement from anyone, which isn't always the case when you invade the space of others' hobbies. The fourteen of us, with clearly different backgrounds, all joined together to share a relaxing journey down a lovely river at the perfect time of year.
|Stopping for a snack|