My love of being on the river started when I was eleven years old. My dad took me canoeing that year. It was the summer of 1987. My dad grew up in Normandy Tennessee so that first trip was down the Duck River. We put in at the Normandy Dam which is a hop skip and a jump from my grandparent's home. I still remember it like it was yesterday. My dad talked to me about how to hold my paddle and quick paddle to avoid fallen trees and debris. We watched the turtles and the birds play as we floated by taking in every moment.
I've enjoyed the river almost every year since then. We've paddled the Duck River many times as well as the Harpeth in Kingston Springs, TN and the Caney Fork in Silver Point TN. These places hold some of my favorite memories with family and friends. I've organized groups ranging from a hand full to up to thirty people. I enjoy going with the regulars, but I love to take people for the first time and let them experience the outdoors in this way. It changes you and renews you. I say it's a spiritual journey out in God's country. You truly won't end the journey the same way you started. If you do, we need to check your pulse...
I started kayaking about three years ago. A friend of mine preferred them over canoes so I thought I'd give it a try. I've never looked back. I can't explain how wonderful it is compared to canoeing, so you'll just have to give them both a go and test the waters... The razorback tee I created was out of my love and appreciation of everything I've learned about kayaking through the last few years. Let me know what you think about the tee and share your trip experience below if you'd like. Happy Rivering!
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