Our Day Canoeing

We recently spent a day canoeing on the River Gardon in the south of France.

 

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Here we are about to set off

 

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. 

 

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I got a barrel to lean against

 

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. 

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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.

Thank you for reading my blog post.

Canoeing - worn out!
Going back in the minibus – I was VERY tired!
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