This was our first experience kayaking and we went in blindly, thinking we knew what we were doing even though we really didn’t. We went to the Weeki Wachee river which is crystal clear throughout most of the river. We had so much fun and it was definitely a learning experience.
If anyone needs some cheap marriage counseling or couples therapy, this would be the adventure for you. You’re stuck with each other for three and a half hours, in a boat that is very likely to tip if one person moves too sporadically, or if you run into “spider trees” as we like to call it. When you’re both deathly afraid of spiders, you have some teamwork to master. Both of us were out there frantically paddling and screaming at the trees as we plummeted into their spidery, webby branches. It was a fiasco until we got our bearing and learned what we were doing.
But once we did, we had a blast, and it even seemed easy.
We got comfortable enough to start climbing ropes or boards and jumping from them into the cool, crystal water. Any good river in Florida has pre-hung ropes and boards nailed up to climb and jump for adrenaline junkies like myself.
Then there was the “high tree”. It was intense only because I’m afraid of heights and climbing trees in general. Anyone that knows me knows how clumsy I am to begin with. We all stood in a line to climb these rickety decaying wooden steps. I should probably just leave this minute detail out but a handful of the boards were loose and some were flat out missing leaving large gaps. Once you made it to the top, you have to force yourself to actually jump since you were already up there. I closed my eyes, screamed in front of the entire group watching, then plummeted into the aqua blue water. I got so much praise when I finally came back up. I felt such a sense of accomplishment afterward. The other thing I felt was mud — lots and lots of mud.