Well, okay…we weren’t really rolling…we were floating with some occasional muscle to keep us moving in our canoe! Actually Dominic did most of the work and I played Princess in the front seat.
We’ve wanted to go canoeing on the river since we got to Franklin, but with unpacking and then all of our “stuff” that we’ve gone through this past year, we didn’t get around to it.
But…when friends come to visit…we seize the day and do all the things we never get around to doing and this past weekend, it was canoeing on The Duck River.
Thank you to my Franklin friends for pointing us to The River Rats Canoe Rental. (Nice name, huh?)
When I called to make a reservation, the polite young man on the phone asked if I wanted to do 9 miles or 5? What? 9 miles in a canoe? I thought 5 would make a good start.
I’m pretty sure we signed our live away because I didn’t read the fine print. Then we boarded a bus and headed up the river.
Talk about feeling like City Slickers! We knew nothing about selecting our canoes or anything else for that matter. Some nice man took mercy on us and guided us towards the canoes with seats! Ah, yes…a seat in the canoe is a very good thing!
Derek and Tina climbed in their canoe and Dominic and I got into ours and OFF we went, paddling away.
We stopped about 2 miles down the river and found a perfect place to picnic. Yep…I packed a picnic although not a fancy one.
Beer seems to be the drink of the day…but we City Slickers drank water. Some people had inner tubes and even pop up tents! Apparently you’re supposed to make an all day event of this canoeing on the river. Sometimes I feel very citified.
The river banks are beautiful and it’s a peaceful way to spend a day. The weather couldn’t have been better…not too hot…not too cold…no rain in sight and perfect, really. (All photos were taken with my phone…pretty amazing I think.)
I would have liked a few more rapids (or any for that matter), but somehow Dominic and I managed to get our canoe stuck in the only place on the river that any kind of rushing water!
I’m pretty sure canoeing on the river is a Must-do Annual Event. It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty that abounds in Tennessee and the ultimate bonus is that there were NO BUGS (Bugs seem to love both of us!) except for the dragonflies that landed on my leg to rest. I’m learning that it’s the simplest things that bring true joy.
If you come for a visit…let’s go canoeing shall we?
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