Cheers! To Mother Nature!

24 07 2012

Sometimes you feel like you need to make an effort to celebrate certain occasions.  Birthdays, anniversaries, and national holidays are kind of a given.  But it’s fun to celebrate Mother Nature’s milestones as well.

A Moment that Anyone can Enjoy

This year, on the First Day of Summer, we decided to party it up with Mother Nature.  And I think we had the bug bites to prove it too!

On the First Day of Summer, for my very first canoe ride, we decided to take a canoe down the Shenandoah River.

The Shenandoah River

Celebrating the ‘First Day of Summer’

I have to admit it was a pretty relaxing afternoon.  I had my handsketched paper map in front of me and made note of the slow moving deep water, the rapids and the beach and swimming areas.  I don’t think the map was drawn to scale though, because I always felt like I was ahead of the map, or missed the beach and swimming areas completely.

A Calm Day on the Shenandoah River

Stroke….Stroke…..Stroke….. Is that canoeing? Or rowing?

Either way, sometimes we floated along peacefully watching the turtles sunning themselves and cranes wading in the shallows, drifting under the low hanging branches, other times we challenged ourselves to keep up a rhythm and bypass all of the drifting tubers.  They even had an inner tube for their cooler, although sometimes as we passed a group, we noticed that they had found themselves in an eddy and weren’t going anywhere.

Time to Suntan

Picture Perfect

Tally Ho!

Not the whole trip was peaceful though.  We prepared ourselves for the Class 2 rapids that were at the end of our 4 hour trip.  But we got cocky.  Camera placed in the nose of the canoe, we took off to battle the rapids.  Of course…. you guessed it.  Water lapping over the sides, right into the nose of the canoe, the camera taking on water, the canoe taking on water.      My handsketched map floating to the back of the canoe….  Well, we made it to the other side, a little waterlogged but at least we didn’t flip over, we just ended up leaving the rapids backwards, that’s all.  Thankfully, the camera dried out, but my little map didn’t fare so well, and despite my best efforts, it didn’t make it.

But, all in all, I truly feel that we did our best to celebrate the First Day of Summer. 

Cheers! To Mother Nature!




6 responses

24 07 2012
Lissa Rabon

What a cool adventure! Love those turtles!

26 07 2012

Thanks Lissa. The turtles were pretty cute to see all lined up like that.

24 07 2012

The Shenandoah looks really beautiful. The picture of the turtles is too funny.

26 07 2012

Such a great way to spend a day.

29 07 2012

Look at those Insanity muscles!

6 08 2012

It’s all those push ups!!

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