After visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, we headed over to Tidelands, a 4-H Nature Center overseen by the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Tidelands offers a couple of different ways to enjoy the island’s beauty by water, either by kayak or by canoe. Because Matt is the only one with any kayaking experience (and because the max fit in a kayak is two people), we decided on the canoe.
And of course we chose the canoe already occupied by a frantic crab. And of course we only noticed this little guy after two of us were barefoot and in the canoe and had been pushed out into the water.
*Spoiler Alert: EVERYONE SURVIVED! Even the crab.
For about the first 10 minutes of our half hour excursion around a tiny lake, Elle kept declaring, “This is stressful. This is so stressful!” It didn’t help that the woman working inside the rental building informed us that they had recently seen two alligators in the lake. I know how to spot alligator slides on dirt banks, so I wasn’t too concerned.
Matt paddled from behind, Elle stayed centered on the floor of the canoe, and I managed to paddle with enough strength to get us back to the shore after I became queasy.
It’s quite embarrassing. I do not know what is wrong with me.
It was such a fun time. It really, really was! And I am willing to do it again, maybe in a smaller, more enclosed area. Not so much a small lake, but Matt mentioned river canoeing. This works in two ways for me because:
- The river is probably not going to be 60-100 feet deep in a whole lot of places that are hundreds of feet from a shoreline.
- The banks will be closer and this will (hopefully) discourage me from experiencing seasickness…in 8 feet of water.
Elle was happier when she was out of the canoe and Matt was able to convince her to maybe try it again in a river…filled with otters.
(I dare you to be on a boat, any size boat, and not sing “I”m On A Boat!”. Seriously.)