Last Saturday around noon…we left Calgary putting our canoes on Bow River, at Sikome Lake. Overnight camping trip, destination: Carseland, AB. This was our first outing with Bow Waters Canoe Club, and honestly, I have not expected to have so much fun on the water! We have met Evan and Fiona, Grant and Laurianne, Jim and Yvette, Jon and Suzan! Guys, if you happen to read this post, Cris and myself would like to thank you all for the good time we had together!!!
We shared lots of laughs, and lots of screams of those scary moments as we hit our First Ever Ripples on the river. Class 1, maybe 1+ I am told, nothing to worry about, but hey, I bet your First Ever kiss was scary too! 🙂 So we had paddled for the whole afternoon (4-5 h), with two small snack breaks along the way. Later in the evening, we stopped on an island at McKinnon Flats, put our tents up, had a good three course dinner – viva Packit Gourmet meals in a bag! – light up a small campfire and shared some great stories. The mighty wind was gently going to sleep, the light outside had the power of a small match getting towards the end…and we eventually went to sleep to the song of the river whispering in our ears, the osprey’s calls, and the cricket’s sound. Oh! I love nature so so much, but maybe I will remember next time to pack some ear plugs, cause a little sleep is not a bad idea after you’ve paddled an afternoon, and want to continue the next day.
Of course I had my sketchbook with me, and my pens and pencils, and I did make a try, but the mighty wind was not to negotiate with me under any conditions, so I relied on our camera to keep all the details for me. And few days after our trip, I sat down and made a sketch so we better remember those moments.
Next day we paddled another four hours, happily hitting the ripples…after I’ve added a 40 lb rock on the bow, for more stability and less “rodeo” moves. Fun in the sun! And ya, we were only 45 min drive back to the big city, and ya, we were kinda tired and sun-stroked, but we cannot wait to do it again.