weekend adventures: kayaking

A couple weeks ago our company planned an outing for the Women’s Day national holiday.  The plans included a short kayak and then lunch at the confluence of the two main rivers here.  The rivers run through the National Protected Area, and it’s absolutely beautiful.  Since we have our two girls, we didn’t plan on kayaking, but instead to go ahead to the camp and wait for the others there.  However, we got caught up in the excitement and at the last minute decided that we could indeed, as a family of four, join the kayaking trip.  It is dry season so the river wasn’t too swift.

2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-9 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-5After a rough start with a few minutes of solid crying from Elise over her makeshift life vest, and one of Talia’s floaties deflating, we had an awesome time.  The girls especially loved the mild rapids and squealed and laughed each time we went through them.  Ryan is a awesome steerer and paddler, so I was able to just paddle as much as I could without worrying about it.

2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-12This is the only picture of us, and unfortunately, you can’t even see the girls who were both sitting between us.  Once we got to the camp, we enjoyed some time in the river and the stunning views.2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-2 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-3 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-8The kids were fed lunch before the others, which consisted of grilled fish, sticky rice and fruit.2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-6 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-7Open wide, fish.  Yummy herbs coming in!2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-10 2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-4

2014-03-27 kayaking by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-11When the adults got around to eating, our lunch also included some greens as well as spicy pickled greens.  The pickled greens are like a local sauerkraut or kimchi.  I couldn’t get enough of them!

We had such a great time, and now we’re considering buying some legit child life vests in Thailand or the US so that we can do it again sometime but with a little more peace of mind.

Been on any exciting trips with your family recently?

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4 thoughts on “weekend adventures: kayaking”

  1. I love seeing you guys in a kayak. It sure looks like a wonderful place to go kayaking. Kathy is right you guys are fabulous parents. We love your blog Melissa. You always do such a good job of keeping it very interesting. Way to go Melissa!

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