In the Flow

Paddling

Paddling

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.

Down the Harpeth

Down the Harpeth

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.

Getting a Workout!

Getting a Workout!

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.

Ripples!

Ripples!

I had two experienced kayakers showing me the ropes, both who deal with whitewater in North Carolina. Leah teaches the sport at UNCA.

Getting Instructions

Getting Instructions

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!

Fun!

Fun!

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3 Comments on “In the Flow”

  1. Thanks for floating me down the river during my breakfast of oatmeal!

  2. susie says:

    you’re a regular Huckleberriat. ship ahoy! or whatever they say when a boat sets sail. good for you!

  3. This is beautiful, Kathy. I went kayaking on a lake in Arkansas a few weeks ago, and there’s nothing quite like it, is there? It’s so quiet, and having to rely on your own strength has its rewards. You go girl!


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