We welcome back, guest blogger, kayaker and Mom, Lori Neufeld!
Kayaking with my 2 year old has forced me to change my way of thinking. Around here, high flows are crucial for good river runs and 60 000 cfs need to be pumping through Sturgeon Falls for great surfing. But those levels aren't exactly toddler friendly. So Dan and I searched high and low for the perfect paddling destination for Finley and we ended up finding it in a friend's backyard. Cook's Creek is hard to spot on a map, but its shallow waters and slow moving current were ideal for introducing Finley to kayaking outside. Dan and I weren't sure how Finn would react to seal launching into the murky waters, but we were pleasantly surprised!
We spent all morning paddling/drifting
downstream and towing Finley back up. A
small restriction in the river provided enough current for Finn to get a taste
of moving water and she asked to do it again over and over. (see the video clip below) I couldn't have asked for a better day with
my family! We've spent a number of days
on the water with Finley since then. One
step at a time Finley's learning all the small, yet important elements of
kayaking that I tend to take for granted.
She loves to rock the boat back and forth, practice low braces and get
pushed from one person to another. She
watches us carefully and tries to mimic what we're doing. Her Fun 1 and Werner Amigo are still a little
big for her, but she's very stable in the boat and can easily reach over the
sides to dip her blade in or stare at her reflection.
|Dad, Dan and Finley photo: Lori Neufeld aka. Mom|
Cooks Creek Paddle from Dan Neufeld on Vimeo.