Photo: Zeke’s Antique Signs
Every year, my friends and I look forward to the warm weather because it means canoeing season has arrived. Then, it’s a matter of waiting for that perfect weekend when everyone’s schedules are clear, the weather cooperates and the river conditions are satisfactory. There are a variety of factors that can make planning a canoeing trip tricky, but it’s always worth it once it finally comes together.
Our first 2012 canoe trip was last weekend, and while it almost didn’t happen due to high water levels, Zarna, myself and some friends made the journey out to Canoe Music City for a day on the Harpeth River. We both agree it’s such an affordable way to have a really special relaxing, fun day in the sun – and get a little workout too. At Canoe Music City, we typically do the 5-7 mile trip, which only costs $34 split between two people. Super reasonable!
I’ve learned the hard way that the key to having a successful canoe trip is to be comfortable and prepared. The first time I went, I had no idea what to wear or bring along. Now that I’ve been several times I’ll share some basic items that make canoeing so much more enjoyable:
1. A comfortable bathing suit with solid support – avoid strapless and go for one good for jumping off rocks, rope swings and (gasp!) tipping your canoe over.
2. A hat – it’s a long day out in the sun so stay cool and protected with a wide brimmed hat.
3. Secure footwear with a back – flip flops are a risky choice. A shoe like the one pictured above is a great option.
4. A change of dry clothes for the end of the day when all you want to do is get out of your soggy bathing suit.
5. A cooler with wheels. Trust me, you won’t want to carry a cooler back to your car after rowing all day.
Lastly, one of my favorite rules of thumb for a good canoe trip is that if an item is not tied down or tethered to you or the canoe, or does not float, it’s at risk of being lost.
After every canoe trip, I always come up with ways to make my next trip even better (and let’s be honest, cuter too – yes, I’m guilty of wanting to look good in a canoe). I’ve shared some items below that I would love to have with me the next time I book a trip. I’m really coveting the cooler with the built-in radio so my friends and I can enjoy some music while paddling. Now, good luck and go have some fun on the river this summer!
Clockwise from top left: J.Crew Polka-dot triangle halter top and Polka-dot side-tie hipster // J.Crew Two-Tone Straw Hat // Swell Dot Dash Tilt Sunglasses and Floating Sunglass Neck Strap // Chloe Orange Jelly Sandals // Otterbox 1000 Yellow Dry Box // Igloo Cool Fusion Icy Tunes Cooler // LifeProof Lifejacket Float for LifeProof iPhone Case // Casio Baby-G Watch