White Water Kayaking
Departure: Saturday 10th September 2011 7:55 AM
As I awoke that morning I was fueled with excitement and confidence. As I rode out to Webb I was thinking of all the things I would like to try in the white sit-in. My first goal was to not turn over. My second goal was to learn and gain from the river.
When I arrived at Webb I greeted Mr. Wofford. We had a very short conversation. I could tell something was frustrating him. I didn't know what possibly could be wrong, until I began to look at the sign up sheet. I noticed that we where missing some kids. Mr. Wofford then began to say that if there not here by 7:55 then we will leave without them. As I was watching the time my mother went and grabbed the green van. The kids began to load up in the green van. The passenger seat was wide open. I thought this might be because my mother was driving and that I was her son. I then decided to ride shot gun with Mr. Wofford.
As we began to drive Mr. Wofford expressed he was very frustrated at the fact that four people did not show for the trip. He then looked toward the bright side and said “You can play this to your advantage.” I quickly responded “how so?” He then said “Since four people showed up and I hired two leaders you can learn a lot from Amanda.” (I thought to my self this would be a great time to test my limits on the river in a sit in.”
As we drove down the road Wofford and I began to talk about many things. I really did enjoy our conversation. I felt though it was a father, son conversation.
We finally stopped in Chatty town and picked up his two daughters Amanda and B. (Mr. Wofford has called Brianna “B.” For some reason that name just fits her too well.) I also enjoyed my conversations with Amanda and B. As we drove down the road I felt like I was with my family.
We finally arrived at the Hiwasse. Mr Wofford got out of the suburban and into the green van to go to the outfitter. Amanda then began to drive to the top of the river with me and B. We discussed college and college life. Any time I talk to B I feel as if I'm talking with my sister. Shes has a very positive and bubbly personality. I think I am happier around people who are positive rather than negative. She always just makes me feel relaxed.
Once we arrived at the top of the river, we began to unpack lunch and wait for the others. (We once again talked about how Webb and college is two totally different things.) Once everyone arrived, Wofford began to give his safety speech. ( I tend to always think his safety speeches and funny. He always saying something funny during them.)
Finally we where on the river... Once we where on Mr. Wofford then saw my helmet was too lose. He then gave me a cap to put under my helmet. We finally got down the river about half way when a small current tipped me over. I stayed very calm and tried to roll but failed miserably. When I tried to roll over my hand hit a large rock. Hitting the rock with my hand caused me to let go of my paddle. I then began to focus on getting my breath so I positioned my body where I was able to receive air. I then was back under the water reaching for my pull cord. I was finally able to get out of the boat. (I think Mr. Wofford was more freaked out that I was.)
Once we got off the river we began the long drive back. On are way back we stopped for AWSOME barbecue. I tried to ride with Mr. Wofford as long as I could. I just enjoy are conversation every time we are together.
This was my experience from down the Hiwasse.