Hey! It’s me, Lynn (aka Low Carb Traveler) and I want to take you on a fun photo tour of my first kayaking trip, my crazy rock climbing adventures, and my FACEPLANT off the bluff – lol. 🙂 What a fun day on the river!
Joe invited me out for a nice “river float” in the kayaks. It was a hot sunny day, and perfect for a float down Barren Fork.
It turned into a seriously fun adventure instead, though! 🙂
It’s really nice to have an “adventure buddy” that is as enthusiastic as I am. We’re both spontaneous, minimalist, and just go with the flow.
I love that we are both really into the fitness aspect of our outdoor adventures, but also just take the time to ENJOY them as well. It’s a fun balance. We run, we rest, we appreciate and enjoy nature, we push ourselves – it’s awesome!
Yesterday’s outdoor adventure was all about the upper body workout.
I’ve really been working on my lower body a lot lately, but I’ve been looking for something FUN to do for core and upper body toning. Something besides weights and gyms and boring workouts. 😛 Kayaking was perfect!
Here I am, totally unsure if I’m going to be able to do this… if I’m going to flip it… if I’m going to lose my phone at the bottom of the river today… lol.
Here’s Joe – my adventure buddy. 🙂 He’s fun, patient and he knows all the cool spots in Middle Tennessee to explore and get into all kinds of
trouble fun. 🙂
It took me a bit to get a feel for the kayak and feel comfortable with the balance and such. But once I got going I discovered it’s a GREAT upper body workout! Not only is it great for the arms and shoulders, but also the core.
I absolutely loved it!
Joe brought me a waterproof cell phone case to use too, which totally made my day. 🙂 I looked them up earlier and found some nice ones – this one even floats: Floating Waterproof Cell Phone Case Pouch. I’m getting that one!
We floated and had fun, we paddled hard, and basically just took the day as it came. The sun was HOT and the water was perfect. And then…
We came around the bend and saw a rock cliff and a rope swing. 🙂 This is where things took a REALLY fun turn! I was feeling a little sunkissed and adventurous, and decided to climb out of my kayak (without tipping it!) and up the side of the bluff…
This was every bit as difficult and dangerous as it looked going in, lol. There were loose rocks, briars, slick spots, poison ivy/oak, it was straight UP, and of course spiders and snakes (that I did not see, thank goodness!). One slip could’ve ended badly. 😛 I think the sight of a snake might have thrown me, haha.
I made it though. 🙂
And it felt like a serious achievement!
(Joe kept reminding me how much you would all miss me if I fell to my death. LOL, I was cautious – I promise!)
I was climbing up to get to this rope swing. 🙂
That did NOT GO WELL. At all. 😐 hahahaha Watch this:
(warning: turn off audio if you have children in the room!!!!)
(lol at Joe’s response, haha – poor guy!!)
No worries. 😉 I survived, laughed it off, and was having a blast!!
I decided to go again. I mean… I had to try it again – right? No way that could be left undone. And so I climbed back up (another way) and did it RIGHT:
Just downriver from the tree swing was a nice rock bluff. We decided to climb it and dive off. 🙂 Again, snakes and spiders and serious injury aside 😯 Ack!
This was a lot harder than it looked in that last picture. 😛 You really had to hug the bluff and watch your footing, and it took A LOT of upper body strength (which I do not have, lol) to pull yourself up step after step…
I did it though. 🙂
There I am feeling quite proud of myself again, haha.
And then I dove off…
I had such a FUN day on the river, kayaking and rock climbing and rope swinging. 🙂 And I got in a serious workout too! I’m definitely sunburned and feeling some muscle soreness today… so awesome!
I hope you enjoyed playing at the river with me!
I’m SERIOUS about getting in shape this year, and nothing is more FUN than adventuring outdoors! I admit I’m getting a little courageous with our adventures lately, but it’s so much FUN. I would never do any of these things alone of course. It’s great to have a fun partner to spot you. 😉
What’s one of your favorite outdoor spots to get in a good workout and have an awesome time during the hot months, or what’s on your wish list this year??
p.s. If you have fun outdoor adventures that involve water, rivers, rain and thunderstorms, dirt, mud etc (lol) – be sure to grab a Floating Waterproof Cell Phone Case Pouch for yourself too! 😉