October 2007 – I really enjoyed my stay at RiverCamp USA and one of the greatest attractions here, in my opinion, is the New River running alongside the campground.
The great camp hosts I met here, Ruthanne and Frank, offered to take me out on my first kayak trip.
This is where we put in for the downriver ride. The campground shuttles you by van 4 miles upriver and helps you get in. This day was sunny and beautiful and the water was so clear. However, the summer drought meant the water was really low. I think that was somewhat of a benefit on my first ever kayak trip; I was a little nervous about tipping over and it was comforting to know I could stand up anywhere along the way.
We had company along the way with these beautiful mallards. But the animal highlight of the trip for me was seeing one of my favorite flying creatures – a red tailed hawk!
Sometimes the water was as smooth as glass…
…other times a bit more rowdy, but never scary. And the just-turning-yellow trees framed it just perfectly.
They were great teachers and showed me how to paddle and how to read the water for the best routes to steer around the rocks, but advised to just relax and go with the flow. Even though I had to do the “butt scoot boogie” several times when I got stuck in low water, it was just what I needed to relax and let my woes flow down the river.
About 2 hours later, we arrived back at the campground, where I passed my motorhome on the way. Roger (Ruthanne’s hubby), met us and helped me out. I got a kick out of it when he said he stuck around and watched us for a while after he let us in before heading back to the campground because I sounded nervous.
It was way too enjoyable to be nervous after just the first few minutes. I definitely recommend making this run while you’re staying here.
This great day was especially timely and Ruthanne made possible for me since I was still recovering from the recent “The Great Computer Crash of 2007.” Looking back on this, the subtitle “The Kindness of Strangers” was even more appropriate. It was another example of what I’ve said since I started fulltime RVing – it’s the amazing wonderful people you meet in this lifestyle that are the biggest blessings.