This post is written by my daughter, Chelsea. Thank you to Xanterra, the Ohio State Parks Lodges, and Mohican Adventures in Loudonville, for providing the opportunity for us to make these memories together.
My first canoe trip was pretty memorable, considering I almost died.
My family isn’t the most athletic, like, we’re not coordinated. At all. So I don’t know why my parents thought it’d be a good idea to take me and my siblings on a canoe trip. We probably didn’t even make it out of site of the canoe livery when our canoe tipped. And since we didn’t talk about what we would do if it tipped over, in my five-year old wisdom, I decided it was probably a good idea to hang on to the canoe. Like underwater. Yeah, I almost died. Pretty smart of me.
Ever since my near death experience, I have loved canoeing. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s because that first trip was so memorable. Anyway, my friends and I decided it’d be fun to go canoeing this summer, but for some reason, it just didn’t work out. When I heard my mom and I were going on a press trip for Ohio State Parks, and we’d be visiting the Mohican area, I totally knew I had to go canoeing. Like 100% HAD TO.
My mom tried talking me out of going, because it would take “too long.” Whatever. I was so ready to canoe, there was no way anybody would talk me out of it. I would’ve gone, even if I had to go alone.
Well, just like the very first time we went canoeing, we weren’t prepared. I was wearing active clothes, so I was totally okay getting wet, my mom on the other hand was wearing WHITE CAPRI’S! Guys, white. Let me reiterate. She was wearing white! Who does that? If you didn’t know, when white gets wet, it becomes see through. Hahahahaha, oh man. So, we went off on our adventure with two other companions, Kerri from Mamaof4Cutiez, who is a hoot and Kathleen from the Ohio State Parks, who probably made our adventure 10x better than it would have been.
We signed up for the 7 mile canoe trip, thinking it would take us maybe an hour or two. Well guy’s, a 7-mile canoe trip takes a lot longer than an hour. Try 3 and a half hours! Of canoeing. Yeah, not even fun.
I was so done about a half hour into it. What do I do when I’m bored? Splash people. I splashed my mom more than once. Since she was wearing white, she got immensely frustrated with me. But she dried. No big deal.
When we got bored, we decided to create a barge with Kathleen and Kerri so our canoe wouldn’t tip over. And we didn’t. We nearly got stuck on more than one occasion, but we never tipped. All through the 7 mile trip, we didn’t tip. Not even once.
That made my mom happy since she was wearing white. Once we saw Mohican Adventures again, we were so excited, it meant our canoe trip was finally over. FINALLY. And we hadn’t tipped over! Such an accomplishment. Once we got closer, we figured it’d be best if we un-barged, or we’d totally tip over. I figured we could make it the last couple paddles without falling in. So, we paddle up to get out of our canoes and the guy working the area, reaches out to pull our canoe closer to the shore. He looked super frustrated because he was the only one working in that area and right behind us, was a bunch of canoes making their way back. So he quickly tried getting us off the canoe. I was off, and my mom began to get up, but he told her to wait just a minute and he’d pull the canoe on to the shore so it would be easier so she sat back down.
This water was the deepest water we’d been in yet. And the place he was pulling our canoe up was a literal hill. Like straight up. So here this guy is, trying to pull up this canoe straight up hill all by himself.
I got out of the canoe, turned around to put something on the ground, and hear the Mohican Adventure worker profusely apologizing. I was so confused, I turn back around, to find my mom in the water with arms flailing, white pants and all.
Oh.My.Gosh. I literally had to sit down, I was laughing so hard!
We had made it SEVEN miles, without my mom’s greatest fear happening. SEVEN miles! We finally make it back to civilization and the worker tips the canoe. In front of everyone. So there my mom is. White pants, see through in the water, horrified, and on the verge of crying.
I cannot describe to you how funny this is. She was lucky I hadn’t taken my phone or the fiasco would have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube before she’d exited the water. I’m sure it would have gone viral.
OH MY GOODNESS. LIFE MADE.
I’m sure you want to experience this fun for yourself. Good news, you can.
Address: State Route 3, just outside Loudonville near the entrance of the Mohican State Park Campgrounds
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Mohican Adventures offers more than canoeing, kayaking and rafting. You’ll find putt-putt golf, an aerial park with a series of challenges, golf carts and camping available.
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