Every year my canoe club organises a daytrip to the Erft. A small river with a lot of fun rapids. This year I was finaly able to join them so I had my first paddle on the Erft. My paddle buddy and I used a Dicovery 158 a very heavy but stable boat and we didn't capsize :)
Hey, I'm Anna and my Onak's name is Avalon. I'm a dutch artist who loves to go paddling. As I am the happy owner of an Onak you are free to contact me to try it out yourself.
As it is world clean up day we wanted to participate. So we cleaned up part of the canals of Amersfoort. It was quite necessary....
My little nephew isn't even 3 years old, but he realy wanted to try out my boat, so we did.
He was truly enthusiastic, it was quite a challenge to find the best place for him to sit. In front of his mom gave both of them a change to relaxe :)
We planned a special toddlerproofadventure, we started in the park, paddled a short piece and had little picknick in the playground. After playing and chilling for some time we paddled back.
We had a geat afternoon together.
For a bigger adventure you can also start in or near the citycenter.
As we were in Varmland, Sweden, we really wanted to see the natural reserve Glaskogen. So with the Onak folded up in the car we visited the information centre. If you want to stay overnight in this area you need the Glaskogen card. It's only 50 sek a night (per person) and they use this money to keep this beautiful nature reserve healthy.
It was so quiet, maybe because of the extreme drought, even most animals hardly made a sound.
We saw other canoeists, but everyone stayed on there one, so we could really enjoy the outdoor experience. On this side of the lake we did not see any houses or cabins.
I must say, camping in the wild for the first time in my life (2 nights here in Glaskogen and 4 near Arvika) was a great experience! I love it better than any campsite I ever visited, though I craved for fresh vegetables and fruit. I think I need to boost my food finding skills.
We went paddling and camping on Glasfjorden and the verry pretty little lake Stora Lesjön. Such a marvelous landscape! Wide views, high rocks covered in moss and little islands with pines and blueberries. At the moment it was extremely dry, so campfires where banned, and cooking only allowed on the shore near the water. Still, we had a great time!
Last week I went paddling on the Heiligerbergerbeek two times. It's such a beautiful place, It's so very green. And from my house it's just ten minutes by bike! I have been paddling with Jeroen and the second time with my mom. Both enjoyed it very much!
Today my Avalon had her maiden voyage. Just my regular wednesday evening round starting from the canoe club in Amersfoort. My mom and I paddled around an hour over the Eem. Afterwards I paddled solo to the city, as I found a group of fellow paddlers enjoying some very good ice-cream, I joined them. So I didn’t get to the city center, well maybe next time :)
The first photo is my mom, the other is my canoe instructor who wanted to try it out, of course :)
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