Thursday, July 17, 2014
What an adventure - one that I hope never to repeat!
This afternoon I went for a kayak - went to the river -- so deceptive.
I saved Dalhouise and lost my hat, camera, binoculars, kayak.
There was never a question of what I was going to do - Dalhouise life at all cost must be protected and that is what I did without hesitation.
Let me explain... The river was fast moving - deep and wide but I was staying close to the shore where it was shallow and calmer. Then there was a channel I had to cross to be stay on the shore line - I turned into it and the main channel took hold of the kayak and pulled me .....
Now I was in the main river gaining speed and having very little control - no control actually...
I found myself emerging from the water and Dalhouise was beside me struggling so I grabbed him and held him close. I was wearing my life vest (always)
I could not hold both kayak and Dalhouise and besides that the river was taking the kayak I to bubbly water and I did not want to go there especially with Dalhouise. I let go of the paddle but grabbed it to help balance Dalhouise and myself in the river hoping to use it to guide/ steer.
I was calm and collected all the while as I just floated down the river trying to swim to the shore... Hanging onto Dalhouise. I seen the bridge getting closer, and closer - if I go under that I would be in deep deep problems as the water becomes much faster and white rapids with more log jams to deal with... God is good the river spitted me out right at the spot I began to kayak with my car parked at the top of the river bank. My keys were still secure around my neck..