While we most certainly love all things off the Duck, there is a lot to be said about being on the Duck. We arrived at River Rat’s Canoe Rental where we scored two bright red canoes and hitched a ride up river with River Rat’s employee, Jesse (pictured below), to our starting point.
Jesse kindly unloaded our canoes, gave us a few tips and pointed us in the right direction – down river. From that point on, we were on our own. As we were the first out on the river that day, our only companions were the dragon flies, a few leaping Bass and a Blue Heron (I think) that flew ahead of us almost the whole trip.
Perhaps the highlight, aside from the serene green of the banks and river itself, were the dozens of sunning turtles we passed. Perched atop of tree stumps and lounging on rocks, they would quickly dive into the water if we got too close. One kamikaze turtle even launched himself upside down from a tree limb into the water, landing in a floating position on the back of his shell.
While, unlike the turtles, we didn’t choose to actually get in the water, it was pleasant and refreshing to drag a foot or arm in the coolness of the water. Since we had a 7 year old with us, we chose the 5 mile trip, which took just under two hours. For the more adventurous, there is also a 9 mile trip.
If you like a lot of action and people, River Rat’s owner, Bill Stewart, said the river becomes really hopping on the weekends when the college kids all get together to kayak and canoe together, and well, whatever else they do. However, if you like peace and quiet on your nature adventures, opt for a weekday. Either way, it’s a great time of year to be on the Duck!
For more information on River Rats Canoe Rental, which is a family owned and operated business of 30 years, call (931) 381-2278 or go to www.riverratcanoe.com