Who doesn't love a little life-threatening thrill?
Thankfully, the two of us were paired together for our first kayaking experience! I was supposed to lead while Sahil paddled, sitting right behind me, in the same exact format.
"Left, left, right! Nooooo... I said right!"
"Dude, I literally did what you did!"
"No, I mean right, right, left... sorry."
We struggled in the initial 10 minutes but as we lurched forward, we fell into sync pretty much like we did in most aspects of life. We paddled on the most beautiful river I have ever seen in my life and everything under us came alive.
The sun was shining brightly above us and cast, almost-opaque, rays on the waters. If anything, some parts of the water looked like liquid gold. Any memory of a chilly night was replaced with the warm hands of the morning light.
Just us, joking and laughing, feeling like the few lucky ones left on earth, waters below us, the sky above us. For me, this river feels like how the rest of the world would be after an apocalypse, reclaimed by nature. Innocent. Kind of like the river in the movie Birdbox!
Alright, I'm gonna leave all morbid thoughts aside.
Of course, since we were shooting, we went about slowly to get a perfect and steady shot. And 15 minutes into the experience, the lazy waters kicked it up a notch, bringing in baby rapids.
For the ones who have been kayaking/rafting/canoeing before in semi-treacherous waters, these rapids would feel fun sized and hardly adventurous!
The beauty of the ecosystem that surrounds you is enough to take your breath away and that's something it has in common with adventure.