Maneuvering Out of the Eddy

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Whitewater Canoeing with Wild Women Expeditions (Part Two)

It has taken me some time – two and a half months to be exact – to write this post and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working for me.  As I started to outline in a previous post, I had a lovely weekend paddling with Wild Women Expeditions back in June and would do it again in a heartbeat.  I’ll even tell you why further down this post.  So what took so long?  It comes down to two of my…ahem…endearing quirks:

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Whitewater Canoeing with Wild Women Expeditions (Part One)

Before Wild Women Expeditions’ whitewater canoe clinic in June, I’d spent eight whole days in a canoe.  Granted they were intensive:

– In the middle of November 2012 (which included my wedding anniversary and my 35th birthday), I learned how to canoe properly and instruct canoeing at the same time.  Thank you, Jill Baxter.

– At the end of April, I experienced just a taste of canoeing in moving water on the Ottawa River.  It didn’t mean anything to me at the time.  I didn’t fully understand why we were performing the maneuvers we were.  If only I knew then what I know now because there was one spot my stern partner and I could totally nail.

I had absolutely no confidence in the stern after those eight days.  Fast forward six weeks after the Ottawa River trip and I found myself in the stern encouraging my awesome bow partner Susan down a set of Class I rapids on the Lower Madawaska River.  How did I get here?

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