Life Lessons from Kayaking


Yesterday I experienced a first-I went Kayaking down the Lumber River. The trip reminded me and taught me some important life lessons. More about those lessons later.

The Lumber River is located in south-central North Carolina in the flat Coastal Plain. The river’s headwaters are known as Drowning Creek; the waterway known as the Lumber River extends from the Scotland County-Hoke County border 115 miles downstream to the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Soon after crossing into South Carolina, the Lumber River flows into the Little Pee Dee River, which eventually flows into the Great Pee Dee River and on into Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Our three hour trip yesterday covered about 4 miles. We put in South of Pembroke and came out behind Deep Branch Elementary School.

Some Lesson

1. Everyone I mean everyone I told about the trip before hand warned me about a snake falling into the boat (kayak). Never happened life reminder-don’t let other people’s fears paralyze you.

2. When you do something that has risk -minimize the risk-any activity involving a kayak and water has risk-wear a life jacket.I didn’t and nearly drowned when my kayak flipped. i hit a log and momentarily got trapped under that tree. Life lesson our lives can end in an instant especially if we are risky. If life offers you a life jacket wear one.

3. I actually flipped twice both times trying to go against the flow of the river. Life lessons don’t fight life go with the river current.

4. There is safety and power with a group. When I went in the water I had people around me to help me get my kayak flipped over and get back on my way. Life reminder be part of a group.

5. The trip left me sore and bruised-but the price was worth it-I got to do something new and experience nature in a fascinating way. Life reminder doing something new and communing with nature is worth a few small bruises and aces.


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