27/12/2017 – Kayaking the Kalgan River
About time I did some kayaking.
An early morning paddle wasn’t so early by the time every one had got organized, (where’s my life jacket, I just need to go to the toilet, forgot my water, etc). But off we went, I was particularly nervous as this was really my first proper paddle, not just mucking around at the edge of the river.
One thing that they don’t tell you about a “sit-on” type kayak, is that what you sit in – is a puddle of water because you are so low and near the edge that water slops in and doesn’t slop out. So you may be sitting ‘on’ the kayak, but you are sitting ‘in’ about six inches of water, not very pleasant. Plus they are more ‘tippy’ – meaning look out they will tip you out (or tip you in), because they are narrower and built to go fast rather than stay upright. Hmmm, what else didn’t they tell me???
Well I think you are supposed to go in the same direction as the rest of your group, and I can’t even remember what happened here, but things don’t look quite right. Oh yes, they don’t tell you that you can steer with your feet and don’t have to rely on paddling to turn the kayak.
We took in some lovely scenery, lots of dead trees, birds and some fish jumping. At about the centre of the photo above, just above the dead trees you can just make out a metal object.
And this is what it looks like close up, an amazing structure, looking rather weather worn and old. Nobody ever found out what the story about it is, but it is certainly a surprise to just come across it from the river. It is situated on the Luke Pen Walking Trail by the side of the Kalgan River.
It is always worth the effort to get out on the water. I think I survived reasonably well although I did have sore arm and neck muscles at the end of the day.
AND I didn’t fall out, but I think there is a lot to be said for one of those kayaks where you can actually sit in it and you have a ‘skirt’ which is tight around you and covers the hole so that you don’t get wet every time you lift the paddle up. Oh yes, and I have to remember to keep my arms straight – I can see how well I am doing that from the photos! We kayaked about 12kms I am told, it was a good work out and one that I hope to repeat.