A few weeks ago my daughter asked me to go on a 3-4 hour canoe trip with her and 2 friends–well, pressed me and then I couldn’t resist! I did pause to consider whether I could actually do the physical portion or not–but thought, “If I can’t, I’ll just make her do all the rowing!” I had a blast and my daughter and I laughed much–a great time all around.
Illinois has many rivers and a few have companies that will let you park your car at the end point of the trip and then drive you to the take off point upstream for a fee. Our destination was the Vermillion River in northeastern part of the state and the take off point was Streator, Illinois. We were going to a section of the river with no rapids, the water was only 2-4 feet deep, and risks were minimal. The company we used; http://www.canoethevermillion.com. Much information about their services and costs on the site. Our costs were very reasonable too at $45 per canoe load–we had 2 per canoes, so great for a day’s experience. Here is a picture from their website:
We launched and then rowed and floated downstream for 12 miles. The weather was sublime as the heat of Summer hadn’t descended on us yet. We also took off at 8:30am, so had the coolness of the day on our side.
The river was/is so beautiful with its sandstone cliffs, lush vegetation and wildlife. I personally received a surge of well-being and happiness just floating along and becoming more close to nature. Everyone else agreed.
I have lived in Illinois all my life and I have never taken a canoe trip–didn’t really think about it in the press of life’s responsibilities. But now, I have more time. My daughter is all about completing Bucket List activities, and she is of the frequently expressed opinion that I urgently need to give mine some serious dedication! She’s also persistent–so there I found myself, floating along, singing “Row, Row, Row My Boat…” having a sweet time.
On the 1 hour drive home we stopped at both a hole in the wall diner for a tasty lunch and a roadside vegetable and fruit stand. Fixin’s were bought for a pie bake-off later in the week to continue the fun streak.
In the end and from a happiness perspective, this day was a pinnacle day. Closer relationships were fostered, merriment was had (due to our pathetic & hilarious rowing skills!), and learning took place. I extended beyond my “normal” arena and benefited much. You might also want to give an ‘outside your comfort zone’ activity a try.
Hope Your day is filled with Happiness!–Judy