Well, I made it! I'm alive!
Tony and I dropped the boys off at his parents and we made our way over to River Falls, WI. When the outfitter arrived he convinced us that we should just do the 4 hour trip, instead of the 7 hour that we bought. We still got our drink tickets and the fun of the rapids on the Kinni, but we would be forfeiting 3 hours of pure paddling on the busy and deep St. Croix. DEAL.
It was a little blustery, so we kept our jackets on for a bit and we put our phones in our dry bags, so there's an overwhelming lack of pictures. I initially told Tony that I felt handicapped because I didn't have a camera in my hand, but I soon grew used to it and just enjoyed our time.
I didn't dump! But there were definitely some tricky spots, only made more interesting by the low river and jutting rocks. At one point I felt like I was living Jet Moto. Does anyone else remember playing that game?
When we pulled up at our retrieval point Tony and I were both sore, a good sore. I could not have imagined another 3 hours though. My knees were bruised from resting on the inside of the kayak, my feet kept cramping and my thumbs were a little bruised and on the edge of blistering. We were so happy to just drive the 10 minutes to Muddy Waters to redeem our drink tickets.
And oh man, when we got there, we got a view of the St. Croix! Due to how awfully windy it was there were legitimate white caps on the water that boats were struggling to make their way through. I can't even imagine our having to kayak through those waters, as we would have left the river right there to make our way up to the restaurant. I'm certain no good could have come of our attempting that last 3 hour leg!
Such a good way to spend the day with my husband!