While I was floating down the Rappahannock River, I had enough time to truly grow appreciative of nature. The amount of manual labor of pushing our, me and Ivy’s, double tandem kayak was insane but it still let us truly grow appreciative of the work that going through the river takes. It was a wonderful experience, and I got to learn more about Ivy and everyone else – even learning everyone’s name. At first I didn’t think I wanted to swim in the river, but I faced my fears and did it anyways. This ended up being my favorite part, the river was extremely calm and serene to swim in. Being with everyone was an amazing time.
Then it started to rain. Then the thunderstorm started. It was surprisingly not that bad. At first it was sad because there was nothing we could do about it, but then once we came to terms with it, it was almost serene. We really got to see, as we learned from Cronon, the wild and unpredictable nature is some of the most beautiful parts of it. That being said, I am glad we made it out without any real problems. Once the rain cleared and we started heading back to campus is when I really got to know Ivy. Since we thought nature might rain on us again, we tried to make it back as fast as we could. This was very tough on the physical side, but since we had a tandem kayak we could also rely on each other to keep company and do the work. Me and Ivy really got to talk a lot and learn more about each other over this trip. In the end I really enjoyed the sides of nature we got to see. This is the type of thing I am glad we can do, and I hope we can do it more. While I have never been much of a nature person, this is still one of the funnest trips I’ve taken in a while.