I’ve kayaked a few times in my life, but the most beautiful kayak trip I’ve ever been on was on our south of France vacation a couple of weeks ago at Gorges du Verdon. The natural setting blew me away.
Between internet blogs and my own travels, I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen a lot of beautiful places. One that won’t fade from my memory (ever) was our Gorges du Verdon kayak trip in Provence, France. We pulled into the parking lot for our kayak tour and had to do a double take. The view from the bridge below was breathtaking. The colors were not altered in the pic below.
It looked like someone put some magic “pretty water” tablets in the river.
Or maybe it was my polarized sunglasses playing tricks on me. I took them off, and much to my surprise, saw the exact same thing.
The rocks, waterfall, little beach and landscape in general were all absolutely stunning. After taking it all in, we got our kayaks ready to go, strapped on life jackets (Dagny too) and we were off. It was a windy day and halfway through, we stopped on the riverbank to stretch our legs. Dagny was happy to get out of the kayak. Is that a happy face?
She is easy-going, but the water in the bottom of the kayak got her feet all wet and she didn’t like that, so she sat on my lap most of the time. That definitely makes it difficult to paddle. But she enjoyed it. So much so, that she saw a duck at one point and jumped off the kayak into the water to get the duck. He got away and Dagny was so shocked by the cold water that she forgot all about the duck and wanted to get back in the kayak.
The trip back was much more difficult. Shade covered half the river and the wind whipped. Dagny shivered the whole way back and we paddled extra hard to get back into the sun. But once we made it up the river, a sense of accomplishment settled in and we sat back, basked in the sun and enjoyed the rest of our afternoon.