My family and I just returned from a quick weekend in Durango. I am a native, so we return regularly, but this was the first time in years we have made time for an adventure on the river. I talked to the office at MWR ahead of time, and determined the water would just be too low for rafting, since even my youngest son had rafted several times. We decided on the inflatable kayaks, to add a little excitement. It was a great decision! My youngest son (11) was in a tandem kayak with my husband, and my oldest son (17) and I were in kayaks on our own. I was a bit concerned that I would have problems (not being as adventurous or athletic as the rest of my boys) but it wasn't a problem. The water level was very low, so it made for a lot of paddling and a lot of guiding the kayak to avoid getting hung up on rocks. What we would call a "technical" paddle rather than a wild ride. You had to pay attention and you definitely had to use your arm muscles! Rocks were constant obstacles, and not much fun to get caught up on. My husband felt the tandem kayak was a lot more difficult to handle than a single would have been, and I tend to agree. Bottom line, though, if you are up for trying something new, and not looking for someone else to do all the work, give the kayaks a try!! I was the only one in the group that rolled my kayak and ended up fully dunked in the water, but I think everyone came close. Our guide, Meleana, was very personable and immediately came to my rescue when I ended up stranded after rolling. She was a lot of fun to talk to and I felt she knew what she was doing. Definitely worth trying if you have an empty morning in Durango and you want a memorable adventure!!
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