Paddling with Sue

Our 1/2 day guided river trips start in Shelburne, NH and finish in Gilead, ME on the Androscoggin River. A shuttle is required for this point-to-point adventure and I was asked to shuttle Sue’s paddling trip. The morning was a little cool and clear-perfect for paddling. After getting our guests fit to their life jackets and boats we were off. I followed behind in the other vehicle and was anxious to get a few photos as they launched the kayaks on such a beautiful day.

Looking downstream on the Androscoggin River

We arrived at the put-in and I helped Sue unload the four kayaks, three solos and one tandem. Sue gave some instruction on how to adjust the seats and footrests for the family to do while we shuttled the van and trailer to the take-out in Gilead.

Upon our return I took a group photo and listened while Sue provided some more instruction.

She explained what to do if you flip your kayak and gave a demonstration while telling them it rarely happens. Next, Sue handed out paddles and gave the option to “feather” the paddle, adjusting it so that both blades are not lined up and twisting the paddle on every stroke. This way there is less surface area and the blade out of the water can cut through the air easier.

Sue helped everyone get their boats in the river and held them steady. She gave a slight push back into the small eddy, a calm spot where the water is not moving as fast so they could take off together behind Sue. After Sue hopped in her boat she asked them to follow her and avoid the ripples-they give indication the water is shallow.

They were off on a wonderful trip, leaving me wishing I was with them.

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