Rivers have what (wo)man most respects and longs for in his/ her own life and thought–a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. —John M. Kauffmann
I first used an inflatable kayak when house sitting near the stunning Swan River in Perth.It took me a while to perfect the art of getting it river ready but the people who laughed at the kayak club when I first started to inflate it, become helpful strangers once I was ready to take it down to the river. Although I had cycled around the river, being on it, feeling its currents, watching the swans, pelicans ducks and seeing life onshore from the middle of the river, is an entirely different experience.
But every river is different and I was keen to explore the beautiful Clarence river at Grafton in Northern New South Wales. My canine companion Carly, loves to accompany her owner on the inflatable kayak and like we humans, wears a safety vest in case she falls off.
A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure — Oliver Wendell Holmes
We drove to beautiful Copmanhurst, a favourite spot for grey nomads in their caravans, and parked near the river. I began the task of inflating the kayak but this time was much easier after having had a refresher course from the owners. We jumped on at the rivers edge where a texas longhorn bull looked on with equanimity at our attempts to launch out into open water. Fortunately a friendly camper pushed us out and we were off exploring the dark green waters and appreciating the ancient Cliffs. After some time, my arms became tired so we drifted with the quiet current before turning back. Once home, we retired for a well earned siesta in our respective armchairs.
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. — Kenneth Grahame (From The Wind in the Willows )