Monday, September 9, 2013

Gently Down the Stream

Summer's not over yet, so last weekend we headed out on our first family canoe trip. 

We tackled the mighty Tualatin River, just about 10 miles from Portland. At Cook Park, we rented a canoe from Tualatin Riverkeepers, a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore the river. The person who was working that day couldn't have been nicer, and I loved that he asked Anthony, without any hesitation,  if he wanted a paddle. I have to admit, I didn't consider giving him one until then. A reminder to never underestimate our little guy.

We were so proud of our little oarsman. He got right in there and helped us paddle upstream. This kid definitely has an adventurous streak.

"What? You didn't think I could handle a canoe?"

Signing "boat". The sign for canoe is just what you'd think it is- you make like you're rowing a canoe.

The whistle was tricky, but he kept at it.

It wasn't all hard work. There was time to put our paddles down and let Daddy do all the rowing.

Nice, right?

A blue heron. We saw several along the way.

Phew! Back on dry land.

There's still time to make your own river adventure, but hurry. Rental hours are 9am until 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays after Labor Day until the end of September. Boat rentals from Tualatin Riverkeepers at Cook Park in Tigard on a drop-in basis, no reservations required. Rental rates are $20 for solo kayaks, $30/canoe or tandem kayak for up to 4 hours and $10 for additional hours. 

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