We recently spent a day canoeing on the River Gardon in the south of France.
When we arrived we got our life jackets on and got into the boats. I was lucky because we got a barrel that you take your belongings in and I got to lean on it. When we were first on the river my paddle was going everywhere and I didn’t know how to use it. But Dad showed me how it worked and it got easier. You could only have two people in each boat so I chose to go with Dad.
A bit further down the river I saw the first rapid. It was scary and we got soaked but it was fun anyway. As the wind started to pick up I lost control of my paddle and we started going sideways down the river. It was just then when Dad said, “Megs, we’re doing a grand job, we’re going sideways down the river!” The next rapid was very big and I got drenched.
Dad found a place where we could stop for lunch. I thought it was a good stop as well but we both forgot to tell Mum and Emma. By that time you may have guessed what happened…yes, they got stuck trying to turn around. After a while they finally got unstuck, we had lunch and then got back on the river. This time it was our turn to get stuck. As well as going aground a couple of times we also ran into a bush (a big bush). I almost lost my hat going through it but Dad picked it up for me. I hoped we were near the end by then because I was seriously tired. When we saw the pick-up point I was SO happy! Then we got a minibus back to the car and that was our kayaking trip on the River Gardon.
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