05-18-2010, 01:52 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cleveland, Tn
Total Cats: -1
Kayak, Conoe, Rafting and Swimmers too.
Do you paddle? I do now...
I moved to SE Tenn. last October. I've never given whitewater a second thought, until I saw the Ocoee River.
I've been bugging one of my co-workers to take me kayaking. He has a tandem, a creekrunner, and a playboat. He admits to never have taking a safety course and offers little in the way of tips and advice other than "get in."
Occaisionally he and I go for a ride in my Miata. I don't know why, he just likes to ride in it. Well on the last ride we went over to the Hiawassee River in Reliance, TN. Over to the TVA generator. He wants me to look and see if this is a place I felt like kayaking.
Not as much whitewater as the Ocoee but more rocks. I was ready.
Yesterday we got out of work at 7:30 am, and went to check the Appalachie Generator Water Release Schedule. 8:30 to 11:00 am was the schedule. We got there at 10am.
We get there and park his car at the "get out" and drive to the "put in". I put on his sisters yellow and pink pfd, and his red and grey camo helmet and we "get in".
"where's my paddle?" me
"on your right side, wedged next to the seat" Matt
"thats not a paddle, thats a popsicle stick" me
"yeah, nice life preserver too. you know they filmed some parts of Deliverance in these parts, right?" Matt
The first small section of rapids, I got soaked, 'cause I'm in the front and all. By this time, I've found out that this little safety spare paddle is for looks. The second section of rapids fills the boat with water. Matt guides us behind a large boulder, where the water is calm, but while we are sideways in the current, we get a chance to practice swimming.
This same story repeats itself 4 times and he gets us to shore to walk back to my truck (1hr) because he so pissed from swimming so much.
For the 35 mins i actually spent "kayaking".....I'm hooked. Can't wait to go again. I've found an endless supply of Perception Sit on Tops for $100 and I'm getting one on payday... I'm so ******* excited. And sore.
Last edited by Rocky64; 05-20-2010 at 01:31 PM.
Reason: swimmers rule