We recently joined some friends on their annual three-day paddle down the Flambeau River in Northwestern Wisconsin. This 25 mile stretch of river is fairly calm with a few class 2 rapids peppered in for some occasional excitement.
In the weeks leading up to this adventure, it seemed like everyone had the same comment "you're both going to be in the same canoe, that's not going to end well!" As we reflected on our previous "co-canoe" trips we did recall, amongst the serenity of the river, a ::bit:: of arguing over who paddles when, what side, etc. (If you just smirked, you know what we're talking about!)
We headed to the river determined to unlock the tips and tricks to a successful paddle with your significant other. Day 1 was a breeze; we seemed to be working really well together. However, few hours into day 2, Amanda misjudges a rock and we're swimming! Oops, I'm already breaking rule number 1. In the end, here's what we learned:
1. You're in this together...literally. Leave the finger pointing on shore and approach the river as a team.
2. You both don't always need to paddle. In calm water, let someone take a break and alternate padding. This technique to sure to lead to a straighter line.
3. Talk, Talk, Talk. Never assume your partner is seeing what you see. Be vocal and loud enough for your partner to hear you.
Happy Paddling !