Allthough the river is near, it's been a couple of years since we last went canoeing.
(You know how it is: There are not so many free days, not even on the holiday.)
But now we made it,
the weather was very warm and the whole family was in en excellent mood.
|Starting-point in Taivalkoski|
We decided our older son can manage steering the other canoe, so I can sit in the front. My husband can steer the other, with our younger son paddling in the front.
From Taivalkoski Canoeing Center to Jurmu along river Ii it's a little more than 20 kim. With one long lunch- and swimming -break in the middle it took us six hours totally.
|Lunchbreak in Virtasaari|
River Ii is not difficult, the rapids are very small. But in july there is so little water, that you have to be carefull with the stones. Some places you can step out of the canoe and walk.
Some guite long parts of the river are very still. There it is good to have some fun ideas like learning your balancing skills - then it doesn't get so boring.
|Father teaching son|
Day was very positive. After fetching the other car and canoes, we were back home at about seven. Even with all that swimming it was not too hard for any of us. Canoeing with family is probably the best way to spend a hot summer day!
|Every boat needs a captain|