Kayaking down the Shenandoah River

Kayaking Down the Shenandoah

I was recently asked by my coworkers to take a day and go Kayaking down the Shenandoah River then join them for a cookout. While the adventurous side of me was honored and willing to jump at the chance, there was side of me that was shouting, “NO WAY!”.

I have done many things in my life on the river but I have never sat in a kayak. My views and thoughts on kayaking involved barrel rolling down white rapids with the fear that I would not be able to upright myself should I flip.

After expressing my thoughts to one of my coworkers, he finally stopped laughing long enough to explain details about the trip. It was scheduled as a lazy, relaxing ride and it was in a kayak that was not molded around the body but you loosely sit in and can slip right out. At this point, the adventurer took hold and exclaimed, “I’m IN!”.

This was a trip of firsts. It was the first time down the Shenandoah River, the first time in a Kayak, and the first time mounting the GoPro to mimic a first person action film. While the action seems a little lacking, I hope you enjoy the video. Be on the lookout for the Blue Heron taking off. While not the close-up I was working towards, it is definitely a beautiful sight.

Lessons learned: 

  • Do not turn sideways among shallow rocks as it will cause you to flip. (This happened in the last 15 minutes of the trip)
  • Take off the wedding ring before the trip or you may lose it. (Yep, the wife was not real happy but very understanding)
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding. (This could be a very enlightening adventure to add to the “tool chest”)
  • Enjoy yourself.

As for me, I am actually pricing out some kayaks for overnights and a little more towards the fishing and camping side. The hope is for me to paddle in to a hard to reach place, camp for the night or two then paddle back out.

A special thank you goes out to all of my co-workers on this trip. It was very fun and definitely relaxing.

Thanks again and until then,

Use your instincts to survive