How I Get Outdoors… A Lot
As we paddle toward yet another class III whitewater rapid on Idaho’s Payette River, my 13-year-old son, Nate, in the kayak ahead of me, looks over his shoulder and calls out, “Dad, just follow my line.” Then he deftly steers his boat into a foaming pileup of waves, disappears briefly in the trough between two big rollers, and then emerges a moment later, upright and plowing forward through a wave train into the calmer waters beyond the rapid.
Heeding his advice, I follow his course precisely, digging my paddle into the muscular waves as they slam the snout and sides of my inflatable kayak, and somehow manage to keep my boat upright and myself inside it.
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