Let’s Go Paddling

While making our reservations for Milo McIver State Park, I noticed the Interpretive Ranger Program offered a kayaking class during our stay. The two hour class included a bit of training and time on the water—kayaks, paddles, and life-vests provided—for $15 per person. It sounded like a good deal to me. I mentioned the class to our friends, the Keiters, and they agreed to join us.

Since our arrival at Milo McIver on Saturday, we’ve experienced quite a bit of rain, today being the heaviest rains. (Of course, it poured while we were packing up, moving sites, and resetting camp). This evening was the scheduled class. I must admit, the idea of sitting in a kayak on the river while the rain falls on me did not appeal.

Gratefully, at class time, the rain quit and the skies cleared a bit. The entire class time remained dry (except for a few paddle splashes). As we returned to our vehicle to drive home, the rain began again. (Thank you, God, for the 2 hour reprieve.)

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Ranger Kevin, our fearless leader. He did a great job of gently leading while sharing his quick wit. The class wouldn’t have been as much fun without him. Thanks, Kevin.

Selecting a kayak

Selecting a kayak

Paddling practice

Paddling practice

Ranger Kevin leading paddle practice

Ranger Kevin leading paddle practice

Launching

Launching

Keiter Tandem No. 1

Keiter Tandem No. 1

Keiter Tandem No. 2

Keiter Tandem No. 2

Boyink enjoying himself

Boyink enjoying himself

MsBoyink taking a rest

MsBoyink taking a rest

The kayaking students

The kayaking students

Ranger Kevin leading the way

Ranger Kevin leading the way

Harris investigates a small waterfall

Harris investigates a small waterfall

Osprey nest

Osprey nest

Storybird enjoying the peaceful water

Storybird enjoying the peaceful water

The boys

The boys

Finding an osprey in the tree

Finding an osprey in the tree

Osprey in the tree

Osprey in the tree

2 Comments Let’s Go Paddling

  1. Picture of Lori Lori June 26, 2013

    we love to kayak - it’s a favorite family activity! :D

    there are many times when the hiking trails are hot and buggy and full of people but the water is clear and breezy and uncrowded. :)

  2. Picture of Kevin Keiter Kevin Keiter June 27, 2013

    We sure had fun with you guys out there.  Glad you thought of it and that the weather cooperated!

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