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Exploring new sports: Kayaking on the Deschutes
posted by John : August 5, 2017


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Well, this is different


Our usual mode of adventure transportation is on foot. We've occasionally toyed with other types of adventures like horseback riding and bike riding, but it's fair to say we mostly use our feet.

Surprise, surprise: We went kayaking. I know. Crazy. Little boats in a big river.

On the upside, we had life preservers and the water was really refreshing on a near 100F day. Plus it's the Deschutes River and it's not at all fast moving where we were.

In fact, it was slow enough we could paddle all around, upstream, downstream, side to side. We raced in short sprints, splashed a little bit, splashed a lot more, and even had some peaceful floating time. We covered about six miles in a couple of hours. It was a great afternoon on the water and a fun introduction to mellow kayaking.

Of course, if there's an upside there's a downside. Clara and Henry had so much fun they want to take up kayaking. That's an expensive new hobby. I think we'll try to contain it to special events or at least wait until they can buy their own boats.

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