I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my birthday. The Rappahannock river was calming and allowed me to reflect on my first week of classes. As we paddled down the river, I wanted to just roll out of my kayak and soak in the river. My skin was hot from the summer and I was very excited to go into the water. When we had the opportunity to get in, I was amazed that my mud and water soaked shoes were still floating to the top, causing a slight issue when I wanted to tread water. The lifejacket was up to my chin but it was a great experience. I really enjoyed getting to know the FSEM group.
As the rain started, I began to get a little worried. I love watching thunderstorms from the safety of the indoors but being outside during them scares me slightly. However, the people I was with made it lots of fun. I’m really happy that we had the opportunity to all get together and go down the river. I loved spending time with everyone.
When we paddled back, I was going as fast as I could because the clouds seemed to be getting dark (spoiler alert: it didn’t rain again until late). My arms felt like jelly and as I was watching a movie in my bed that night, I felt as if I was still on the water. I honestly love that feeling and it helps me go to sleep because I am a major water child (or at least I used to be). The blue heron we saw while out on the water was breathtaking. I wish I had my phone with me so I could have taken a picture but at the same time I am happy I was able to be unplugged for a few hours. It was relaxing and I was able to let my mind drift. Cronon was right about nature being untamed and wild. We got to experience that while out on the river and I am glad that our group was able to stay calm and make the instance light.