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PostPosted: July 7th, 2008, 10:22 am 
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The last few days have been one thunderstorm after another here in the southeast and our drought affected rivers are finally flowing. So this weekend I took my 5 year old and my 2 year old down our local C2 river. Before we went, our 5 year old son explained to his little sister that canoeing in rapids was sort of like go-karting and biking, but in a canoe.

The 5 year old has been down this river 40+ times but this was our daughter's first trip in C2 rapids. She sat still and hung on when she needed to and she had a blast going down the rapids. She also spent a lot of time leaning over the canoe playing in the water.

The best part? This morning she asked "Daddy, we go paddling today?" We need more rain NOW!

Mommy shuttled us yesterday since she had other plans - but next time I'm going to need to figure out how to put 2 canoes and a bike on top of our roof rack. I've got a rack that fits both canoes and I'm tempted to just lay the shuttle bike on a blanket on top of the canoes.


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Life is even better now - we're tripping down moving water again. Admittedly it was a short trip (5 miles, camp, 5 miles) down the New River in the NC mountains with the biggest rapid being an easy C2. However, there was no still water in that 10 miles, everything had current, swifts or C1s. The old hairy dude sitting on a bench at the gas station did bring visons of Deliverance to mind though...

A quick video is here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmLgZqbH6OQ

The whole family had a blast and now we've got another trip on the same river planned in a few weeks.


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Great to see your kids enjoying this so much!!
Hope you'll take them north to real canoeing soon and visit your old stomping grounds!!

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We keep saying we should do that - the Spanish, Pet or Mad would be ideal for them right now. But there are so many new (and not quite so wild) rivers to paddle around here too! Plus paddling in the mountains offers some really neat scenery.


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A friend of mine has a place in Oakridge TN and does the spring runs around the area as well but in the sumer he spend his time at his cottage in northern Michigan an goes on trips in Canada from there.

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