Experience level: 2/5
About the Trip
On Friday afternoon, Dave and I were emailing each other back and forth trying to figure out what to do over the weekend. We did not have plans to go to the beach, but knew that it was going to be stifling hot in DC and did not want to be confined inside all day. I suggested going kayaking. Dave was hesitant because of the weather, but after some convincing, he called to inquire about availability and made our reservation. We booked our trip through River Trail Outfitters, located in Knoxville, MD. www.rivertrail.com We went on the “Route 7 Moulton Park” trip, which is a 14-mile kayaking trip down the Shenandoah River. After checking in for our trip at the main office, we had to drive about 2 miles to where the bus picked us up. We drove on a green school bus named “Sticky” and our bus driver was Randy. After we arrived at our “put-in” location, Randy unloaded our boat, equipped us with paddles and life jackets and we were left to our own devices. Now, Dave and I had paddled in a canoe before, but this was our first time in a tandem kayak. It took about 15 minutes to debunk our original thought that a kayak would be easier to travel in instead of a canoe and another 15 minutes to come to the realization that we were going to need to do some serious paddling because the water level of the river was not high and the water was a placid as a lake. I sat up front, and took on the role of “Nancy the Navigator” while Dave steered the boat. At the end of our trip, we parked our kayak at Moulton Park and were picked up and taken back to our car.
The kayak doesn’t move itself, so be prepared for an intense upper body workout!
WHAT WE BROUGHT
Our old camera, a Sony Cybershot, which we housed in a ziplock baggie, Camelbaks, 2 gatorades, sunglasses, hat and visor, water shoes, bathing suit, quick drying clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, PBJ, bananas, and Cliffbars.
Despite the fact that it was hot and humid outside, we had the best time. We laughed hysterically about how we actually paid to paddle ourselves down a river. We had each other in stitches joking around about each others’ paddling techniques and how my poor navigational skills got us beached up onto the rocks multiple times throughout the trip. We somehow got ahead of the group early on in the trip and it was great to have the river to ourselves. The scenery was so pristine. The riverbanks were laden with beautiful herons, geese, and ducks and surprisingly enough, cows! They had the right idea to walk down from their pastures to cool down and seek shade. At one point during the trip we beached on a beach to stretch out our sea legs. The burned up tire in a still smoking fire pit and remnants of a BudLite box indicated that there was some serious partying going on the night before. While walking around the beach, Dave found a bone in the sand, which was kind of freaky. This discovery prompted an even faster departure as we did not want to end up being a part of a live reenactment of “Deliverance.” Haha, J/K! I think what made the trip so memorable was that we truly did live in the moment. There was no talk about work, school, or the future. Our minds were both focused on the present, which is why we have such vivid memories of the day.
LIVE AND LEARN
We definitely should have brought weight lifting gloves, or something to reduce the chaffing of the metal oars because Dave got a blister within one hour of our trip. And next time, we will bring wide-brimmed hats. Despite the fact that we reapplied sunscreen multiple times, we still got a little bit of sun.
Bring lots of sunscreen and reapply often!
Show me the dough
Fuel cost of trip: 60 miles = $12.00
Gatorade X 2=$2.00
Tandem Kayak Rental= $68.00 (tax included)