Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Row, row, row your boat
Unfortunately, the forecast that day did not look very good, but we couldn't really re-schedule so we decided to take our chances. It was pouring rain as we approached the outfitter Eric had looked up on-line. Though we had brought rain gear, I wasn't thrilled at the prospects of being dropped off on an unfamiliar river and getting drenched.
We'd originally planned to canoe for four hours, but that changed when we saw the weather. In fact, the outfitter told us no one else was canoeing the river. It wasn't storming, but most people don't sign up to canoe in the pouring rain! We sat in the car for awhile debating what to do. After considering our options, and since the rain let up considerably--though not entirely--during our deliberation, we decided to give it a shot.
I had a sense of foreboding as we climbed into the outfitter's truck to be driven to the drop-off spot. After we got into the canoe and the staff person drove off, it felt very strange to start out down the river. Eric is a much more experienced paddler, so he sat in the back and steered the canoe. It took a little while to get into a groove, but we had a wonderful time. There were a couple close calls where we almost tipped, but we managed to navigate the obstacles as a team. As the front person, I had to constantly communicate with Eric since he couldn't always see the branches or hidden rocks that were in my view.
I couldn't help comparing the experience to marriage in general, especially since it was our anniversary. Sometimes communication was necessary for us to move forward, and there were other blissful moments where we paddled along silently, just enjoying the scenery and experience together. The weather, which had at first caused me much anxiety, proved to be the biggest blessing. The clouds kept us cool, and the rain deterred other paddlers on what is normally a very popular river. We didn't see one other person in our two hours, which made for a quiet and lovely retreat! Also, several spots on the river were foggy, which added beauty to the already gorgeous nature that surrounded us.
It was a memorable afternoon, and I'm grateful for the man who sat behind me in the canoe!