In the FlowPosted: September 10, 2009
The Narrows of the Harpeth is an easy jaunt west of Nashville to Kingston Springs. The Harpeth River was flowing at 79 cfs Saturday — a quiet ride. But the water was always flowing — never still, and there were ripples and faster-moving places, so it made for an easy paddle. We went five miles.
It’s a pretty ride, with lots of shade, rope swings along the bank, small beachy areas, turtles sunning on branches in the water, and some high rocky cliffs along the way.
It was my baptism into kayaking. I’ve canoed, but I wanted a one-man boat, and the Heritage Featherlite 9.5 fit the bill. It will fit inside my Outback and is fairly easy to maneuver at just under 40 pounds. The cockpit is wide, too, which makes it stable.
I had two experienced kayakers showing me the ropes, both who deal with whitewater in North Carolina. Leah teaches the sport at UNCA.
I hit a few shallow rocky places — my boat now has a tiny gash! — and I got carried to the bank, but I got the hang of it and loved the challenge of moving straight down the river and looking for the V and following the current. I love the water … and I’m hooked!