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I like whitewater kayaking for the great landscape you get to see only from the river, particularly the sort of landscape people don't choose "landscape" format to photograph.
Being a bit on the lazy side, I like my rivers gently sloped so I don't have to work so much for propulsion.
Needless to say, the average river I run looks much less spectacular. Since waterproof digital cameras are available, people photograph much more on the river, so I even have some photographs of calmer parts of my paddling trips:
...and occasionally funny things happen, as here:
It doesn't really matter whether you leave your paddle behind by mistake, |
so long as you've got friends who carry things after you.
|The new boats! Don't let them get wet!|
|Some people like sub-yaks.|
|So when's that French guy, Godot, coming?|
|Now is Uli diversifying into photography courses?|
...you learn what to do when you're away from |
civilisation and your car won't start...
|...and you get to meet the most amazing people...|
|...some of whom drink strange clear liquids from fruit juice bottles.|
|Some even become devout, if only by accident...|
Here is a mini-dictionary of common terms from river guides in three languages:
|tongue (of water)||langue||Stromzunge|
|barrage, weir||barrage, digue||Staudamm, Wehr|
|kayak, boat||kayak, bateau||Kajak, Boot|