Boy, do I know how to ruin a perfectly good weekend….
Paddling the Forks …. was not exactly what they made it out to be, the write-up said it was for novice and experienced paddlers, well I am here to tell you they painted a pretty picture.
Number 1. The B&B was not what it was cracked up to be, the lady running it was very nice, but the facilities were terrible. The house was in great need of repair and TLC. The owners were in a foreign country and came home only several months a year and it showed. The house was still decorated for Xmas and things were falling apart and dying a slow death. Am I being hard ..yes, but if you are going to advertise and run a B&B, then I think you should keep it up.
We didn’t breakfast on either morn, we got up and left Sunday at 4:30 am. Our Bathroom was stopped up and we had to use one down the hall, thank goodness we were the only people up there.
Sorry Swann Hotel and B&B, but you should close until the place is redone.
Here are a few pictures and I realize it does not look too bad, but….
Number 2. When we arrived at the launch site for the canoe trip, we were told that this trip was NOT for novice and remember this is my first time in a canoe and I don’t have a clue as to how to paddle,etc.
Topping off that little bit of info was the fact that there would only be 4 canoes and 7 kayaks and these don’t mix well.
We left about 8:15 and took 2 breaks totally about 35-40 minutes all day. We ate lunch with me sitting in the canoe and Roy standing on the bank and we used the front of the canoe for our table. There was one gentleman, age 73, that came by himself and he couldn’t paddle against the wind and keep up with the kayaks. I realized about lunch time, that I was going to have to help Roy paddle, the wind was blowing in our face, the sun was beating down and most important the kayaks were setting a pace that was almost impossible for the canoes to keep up with. Our lady from the park service was a darling person, but was very ineffective and the guide was not sure at times which fork to take until he sat and studied it.
As my kind husband said, Barbara we have made a memory…boy what a memory.
I do want to say that once this little woman started paddling, I almost killed myself, but brother we were headed to the dock as fast as I could help Roy get us there and by golly we were the first ones and out of our canoe and headed to our cool car before most of them got to the dock. Time 2:00pm. We had been on the river about 6 hours and paddling like heck for at least 5 and I mean paddling, never being able to slack off for fear of falling too far behind.
I was going home (to B&B) to shower and go get food and a cool drink.
I am usually not real critical,I go with the flow, and try to fine the good in everything, but this was really bad. There was little if any planning and no guidance hardly at all.
Our trip home was great, we did finally began to laugh and still complain about the Trip from Hell, but now that we are home at the best B&B I know, we are laughing a lot.
Yes, we did make a memory. It was kind of like child birth…you forget the pain….HAHAHA!
If you are interested in going, just call me and I will be happy to give you the phone number.
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IT’S THE OLD PADDLER, BARBARA