January ￼14, 2023
Since the Trails End Campground lets campers borrow kayaks and canoes, we decided to take out their canoe.
It is a smallish, tippy green fiberglass canoe. They didn’t have canoe paddles, so Bruce grabbed a couple of oars.
We put in beside the boat ramp and I climbed in. The canoe was so tippy, I was afraid I would fall in. I got myself arranged and Bruce got into the canoe, while I white knuckled holding onto the sides while the canoe wiggled and sloshed.
The launch was successful and Bruce paddled us out into the glass smooth river.
Bruce asked me which way I wanted to go and I pointed up river.
Bruce paddled us across the river so we could look at this bird.
I was not able to figure out what type of bird it is. If anyone knows, please put it in the comments.
Bruce had slowed the canoe so I could take the picture of the bird. Getting my phone back into my pocket was an ordeal with the tippy canoe. I felt very nervous anytime I moved. I am not a good swimmer, so being in something so tippy felt scary to me.
We saw a beautiful flock of white ibis in amongst the cypress knees. I didn’t take a picture.
Bruce walked me through how to paddle, as it had been so long since I had been in a canoe. We paddled upstream a short distance. Bruce wanted to see what the river was like upstream.
Since Bruce realized just how uncomfortable I was, we made a loop from the boat ramp to the boat ramp. We were out for about 30 minutes.
Bruce was thrilled that he could paddle without his shoulders bothering him.
We are planning on trying to take the double kayak out while we are here. Since neither of us has kayaked before, Bruce wants to take a single kayak out and try it. Once he gets the hang of it, then we’ll try the double kayak.