Meeting so many wonderful people at Greenock Manor Bed and Breakfast in Orange, we often ask people what it is they would love to do. We have found many dream and plan things for the bucket list, but few schedule those dreams and adventures in for now! Some dream of hiking Blue Ridge Mountain trails. Others want to skydive and then of course there is kayaking in Virginia!
Dean and I decided to give the local kayak instructor, Beth a call at Rapidan River Kayak Company. We were delighted to find that they are a short 5 minute drive from Greenock Manor. Being eager to prove that we are not ‘over the hill quite yet’ and both having an adventurous spirit we set out on a beautiful summer morning.
Beth specializes in guided kayak tours on the picturesque Rapidan River. She is situated only four miles from the world famous historical site, Montpelier. All necessary equipment was included. I was lucky and fast enough to snatch the smartest red kayak, with a piercing look from Dean 🙂
Our adventure began with a step by step safety and skill training introduction. We found Beth warm, very professional and thorough. Her most senior clients have been in their seventies, while she has had children join excursions as young as four years old.
Once we set off kayaking in the Rapidan River we were delighted. Our spirits lifted being completely surrounded by the natural beauty of Virginia. Further more, the river is framed by towering trees and teaming with fish. On occasion Beth’s clients have spotted wildlife such as, bears, coyote, beaver, deer and many others.
The river sparkled and soon we were followed by the most beautiful blue crane! What graceful long legs and huge wing span he or she had! In the far distance, Beth pointed out an American Bald Eagle nest. Wow! Probably the greatest find of the day! Originally from South Africa, if we had seen a giraffe or zebra appear amongst the trees I would more than likely have been bored 😉
The river twisted round as we gently padded our way. Most noteworthy, at one point we crossed an historical American Civil War site, where soldiers from long ago had heaped pebbles to make a shallow crossing for their horses and carriages. One of their well known camps is directed beside the Rapidan river. Hence this could be a great spot for metal detectors and excavasions.
Are you excited yet? Visit Greenock Manor Bed and Breakfast and let us book a suprize kayaking tour for your spouse or group of friends. In conclusion, it’s a memorable, fun and an ‘easy to accomplish’ four mile tour. Finally, as my dad always tells me – don’t postpone, Carpe Diem! (Latin for Seize the Moment) Any questions simply contact us HERE and remember to click to share this article with your friends.